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Does Mark Cuban Have a Case?

Friday night, Mark Cuban used his Twitter feed to complain about the refs during the Mavericks-Nuggets game. The NBA promptly fined him $25,000...

"In the example behind this story where somebody had re-posted his message in commenting on the NBA fine, it's really quite clear to me that that would be fair use," said Fred von Lohmann, an attorney at the Electronic Frontier Foundation, a group that has specialized in defending speech in the digital realm since 1990. "They are reporting the news about a public figure. Mark Cuban does not independently make money on these Twitter messages, so it's not displacing the market that he has for these copyrighted works. In my view, this is an easy fair use case."

Thursday, April 2, 2009
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