Universal Music Likely Headed to Trial Over YouTube Takedown

From The Hollywood Reporter:


Prince’s “Let’s Go Crazy” is at the heart of this case.

Takedowns of videos posted to user-generated websites like YouTube continue to set off fire alarms across the Internet. Copyright owners don’t always get things right when causing an ISP to remove works they deem to be infringements of rights.

On Thursday, a California judge addressed the issue in a long-running dispute.

The closely followed case involves Stephanie Lenz, who uploaded a 29-second video clip of her toddler dancing to the 1984 Prince hit “Let’s Go Crazy.” After the video was posted, Universal Music sent a takedown request, only to encounter outrage for removing a video where Prince’s music was merely playing in the background.

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