Fair use comes first in web video

A video of a dancing baby has led to a landmark decision regarding the handling of internet videos. As part of the ruling in the Lenz v. Universal case, US Judge Jeremy Fogel ruled that content holders must consider the fair use premise before sending takedown notices to video sites.

Fair use allows a person legally to use a piece of copyrighted material if the product is used for a short period of time and is not used for any commercial purposes. Civil rights groups have long complained that the premise is not taken into account when copyright owners issue takedown notices under the US Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA). "Given the 'shoot first and ask questions later' approach some content owners take to the DMCA notice process, improper takedowns of non-infringing fair uses are all too common," said the Electronic Frontier Foundation.

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I've got a stop motion vid on youtube that I did just to see if I could do it. I wouldn't have a problem if someone used it as long as I was credited for the video. That's fair, I think.

By the way, the vid is called "Amp-A-Mation" :cheeky: Not too bad for someone with zero experience and done it with manual labor to boot.

But yeah, this is good news.

I dont get if a company puts up a video and still users put of the same video. Its already there people stop putting it up just so you can get page views, what is it with people and page views on YouTube. Others are really bad and use YouTubes comments overlay stuff to advertise their ringtones and crap, they should be taken down.