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Copyright guru claims 'fair use' to fight YouTube takedown notice

John Ribeiro | Aug. 26, 2013
Creative Commons co-founder Lawrence Lessig has filed a complaint in a U.S federal court after he was forced to take down a YouTube video of his lecture which included clips that depicted groups of people dancing to a copyrighted song.

Liberation Music did not immediately respond to a request for comment. Its automated reply to email states, among other things, that YouTube's Music Match service creates copyright claims automatically based on its copyright ownership. "Unless you're advertising a product or using our music for something we wouldn't reasonably agree to, this automated claim will not have any negative effect on your account !" It adds that if an automatic claim is disputed, it will cause removal of the video.

Lessig has asked the court for a declaration that the publication of the lecture video is protected under the fair use doctrine, and also asked for damages.

 

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