Protecting its copyright, Universal Music Publishing Group went after this 29-second video posted on YouTube because of the music (“Let’s Go Crazy,” by Prince) audible in the background.
The mom who posted the video of her dancing toddler took Universal to court. Wednesday, in some what some are praising as a victory for the “fair use” of copyrighted material, a federal judge in California told Universal, Baby, you’ve got to slow down.
The saga began in February 2007 when one Stephanie Lenz posted the video, according to the suit filed by the nonprofit Electronic Frontier Foundation. In June 2007, YouTube notified Lenz it had removed the video because of a takedown notice from Universal. The San Francisco-based nonprofit Electronic Frontier Foundation filed suit representing Lenz, and although the video returned to YouTube, EFF has fought to keep the case alive, seeking unspecified damages from Universal.