Professor Lessig has been supported by the San Francisco-based Electronic Frontier Foundation lobby group, which said legal action was taken to "[ask] a federal judge in Massachusetts to rule that the video is lawful fair use, to stop Liberation Music from making further legal threats, and to award damages".

Daniel Nazer from EFF said the case would determine whether the increasing use of automated detection processes was stifling legitimate fair uses of copyrighted material, particularly in the United States.

He said there had been a spike in the volume of automatically generated take-down notices in the past year, which was concerning "because fair use is fundamental to freedom of expression in the US".

Wednesday, October 2, 2013
The Age