Tag Archives: Fair Use

Let’s [Not] Go Crazy: Copyright Holders Should Pause Before Sending Takedown Notices

It is common for copyright holders to send Digital Millennium Copyright Act (“DMCA”) takedown notices to websites to remove material that they believe to be infringing. But few are aware that overly aggressive policing can expose them to liability (including … Continue reading

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Court: Biting Criticism of Dentist was Fair Use

A federal court in New York rejected a dentist’s attempt to take the teeth out of her patients’ Yelp reviews by requiring them to sign contracts prospectively assigning her the copyrights to any future social media postings about her services. … Continue reading

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AP Launches Online News Licensing Venture

The Associated Press and other news organizations are launching a new ASCAP-like venture called NewsRight intended to give aggregators a one-stop-shop to acquire licenses to the members’ news content, according to a report by Poynter. Though NewsRight may be convenient … Continue reading

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Copyright Spat Over School Board Video

A school district in Evanston, Illinois is taking heat after attempting to remove a video posted by a parent to YouTube of a racially charged exchange at a board meeting.  The parent allegedly took the clip from a DVD of … Continue reading

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“Fair Use” Defeats Righthaven Copyright Claim

A judge dismissed (.pdf via Las Vegas Sun) one of the dozens of copyright suits pending against websites that excerpted Las Vegas Review-Journal stories.  The Nevada-based federal court determined that an eight sentence excerpt from a newspaper story about a … Continue reading

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The Underground Strikes Back in Blog Copyright Case

The Democratic Underground website has filed a counterclaim (link via Las Vegas Sun) against newspaper owner, Stephens Media, and its copyright assignee, Righthaven.  Righthaven reportedly has used a software tracking program to identify and file over 140 similar infringement complaints against … Continue reading

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