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Mom Sues Music Company Over Baby Video Removal

penguin_dance (536599) writes | about 7 years ago

The Courts 8

penguin_dance (536599) writes "A Pennsylvania mom is fighting back, suing Universal Music Publishing Group for having a home movie taken down off of YouTube. The movie, featuring her 18-month old bouncing to Prince's song, "Let's Go Crazy," was cited for removal by the Group for copyright infringement. Mom Stephanie Lenz was first afraid they'd come after her — then she got angry. She got YouTube to put the video back up and now she's enlisted the help of Electronic Frontier Foundation and filed a civil lawsuit.

"I thought even though I didn't do anything wrong that they might want to file some kind of suit against me, take my house, come after me. And I didn't like feeling afraid," she continued. "I didn't like feeling that I could get in trouble for something as simple as posting a home video for my friends and family to see.""

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She Could Have Marked It Private (1)

gbulmash (688770) | about 7 years ago | (#21134095)

She could have marked it private, so only people with YouTube accounts whor are identified as friends. But instead she made it available to the whole world.

If you just want to share a video of the kids with friends and family, don't post it for public exhibition. If you do, then you're definitely infringing AND you're making it possible for the people whose rights you are infringing to find it.

Re:She Could Have Marked It Private (1)

Schraegstrichpunkt (931443) | about 7 years ago | (#21135001)

If you just want to share a video of the kids with friends and family, don't post it for public exhibition. If you do, then you're definitely infringing ...

By that logic, Apple has every right to go after you for copyright and trademark infringement, because the video lessons [fundraw.com] you list on your website contain Apple's copyrighted widgets and mouse cursors. Likewise, by your logic, you are liable to GMC for the use of its logo, which can be found in this photo [fundraw.com] on your website.

Re:She Could Have Marked It Private (1)

gbulmash (688770) | about 7 years ago | (#21144851)

You've just proved you don't understand copyright, trademark, or logic.

Copyright (1)

geek2k5 (882748) | about 7 years ago | (#21134805)

If the video didn't have the music attached, then there wouldn't have been a problem.

Yay for sensationalism! (1)

clsours (1089711) | about 7 years ago | (#21134875)

The Home Video Prince Doesn't Want You to See
Thats the title of the article. Do you really think that the same guy that put a whole CD in a Sunday newspaper (or magazine, Im sure someone will correct me) would actually take the time to troll youtube to find this video and mark it for takedown. Right. Fscking journalists.

Re:Yay for sensationalism! (1)

jimlintott (317783) | about 7 years ago | (#21135459)

You might find the second page of the article very interesting. Right below the sub heading "Source: Prince 'Scours the Internet' Looking for Violations".

If Prince had seen the video and thought "Gee that's cute. I'm sending that toddler a T-shirt" he'd look like a hero.

As it is I can't wait to read the comments that will be forthcoming.

Re:Yay for sensationalism! (1)

clsours (1089711) | about 7 years ago | (#21136241)

I sit corrected. from TFA: "A well-placed source directly involved in the situation confirmed to ABC News that Prince was directly involved in seeking the takedown of Lenz's video."

If this woman wins ... (1)

cdrguru (88047) | about 7 years ago | (#21135959)

I would expect to see a lot more current music in movies. Right now, studios have entire departments for licensing music and other materials that appear in movies. With the right decision in this case, all licensing would disappear overnight.

How much did Microsoft pay to use Start Me Up from the Rolling Stones?

This might solve the whole Internet (and broadcast) radio thing - just make it all free.

I don't think that is going to happen, any more than the local grocery store is going to start giving away their food.
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