*A YouTube video of a 13-month-old boy happily bouncing up and down to the Prince song, ‘Let’s Go Crazy’ while pushing his little Fisher-Price stroller has caused quite a stir with the Universal Music Group.
Though the 30-second-video clip was uploaded by the child’s mom, Stephanie Lenz, in 2007, Universal demanded it be taken down — saying it infringed upon copyright rules.
Apparently, they didn’t think the mother had an inkling about ‘fair use’ and used this argument to appeal the ruling.
A court has cleared the way for her Appeal to move forward.
Intellectual Property continues to be a prickly situation because of its intangible nature. And usage of such properties on the Internet seems to have only exacerbated the problem. Universal Music had demanded YouTube take the video down (they did for a while) and cited copyright infringement under the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA).
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