Fair use

  1. Six Suggestions for Not Screwing Up Copyright Reform (Guest Post)

    July 09, 2014 10:09 AM EDT Craig Havighurst is a music journalist and media producer in Nashville with a public policy M.A. from Duke's Sanford School. He's followed intellectual property issues since covering the music business for The Tennessean in the 2000s. ...

  2. Girl Talk on His First Ever Music Video, Produced by Maker Studios (Q&A)

    April 07, 2014 11:36 AM EDT Gregg Michael Gillis, known as Girl Talk, has come out with his first ever music video, a collaboration with rappers Freeway and Waka Flocka Flame. Produced by Maker Studios, "Tolerated" is a major departure from Gillis' previous wo ...

  3. Beastie Boy vs GoldieBlox Lawsuit Settled Over ‘Girls’ Toy Commercial

    March 18, 2014 12:39 AM EDT A contentious legal battle over the use of the Beastie Boys' 1987 song "Girls" has come to a close with a settlement.  Toy company GoldieBlox, in a preemptive attempt to declare "fair use" of the track in a viral video, to ...

  4. Entertainment Law Briefs: Frank Ocean Sampling; 'Happy Birthday' Litigation; 'Hobbit' Settlement

    February 11, 2014 1:41 AM EST TufAmerica has found another big name in the music industry to target over sampling. The company has filed a copyright lawsuit that alleges that Frank Ocean's "Super Rich Kids" incorporates an improper sample of Mary J.Blige's ...

  5. Beastie Boys vs. GoldieBlox: New Countersuit As Universal Music Watches Closely

    December 11, 2013 2:46 PM EST The dispute isn't over -- after pulling the Beastie Boys' "Girls" from one viral advertisement, the toy company could also find itself facing claims over music from Daft Punk and others in more ads. Late last month, GoldieBlox ...

  6. GoldieBlox Pulls Beastie Boys' Song, Attempts to Make Amends

    November 27, 2013 11:08 AM EST Fair use or not, Goldieblox has stopped the music. The toy company has replaced the Beastie Boys' song, "Girls," from the soundtrack to its controversial viral advertisement which shows three girls playing with a Rube Goldberg-type ...

  7. Beastie Boys Issue Statement on 'Girls' Viral Video of Copyright Infringement (Updated)

    November 25, 2013 1:51 PM EST Update: The Beastie Boys have released a short statement on the suit. It reads: Like many of the millions of people who have seen your toy commercial “GoldieBlox, Rube Goldberg & the Beastie Boys,” we were very impressed by the creativity and ...

  8. Canadian Government Reintroduces Copyright Modernization Act

    September 29, 2011 9:19 PM EDT In what is being painted as a controversial move by the Canadian press, the Canadian government reintroduced the Copyright Modernization Act on Thursday (Sept. 29), which provides a broad revamp of copyright law in that country. Among the most con ...

  9. Rihanna Suffers Setback in 'S&M' Music Video Lawsuit

    July 25, 2011 5:22 PM EDT Photographer David LaChapelle has survived the first hurdle in his lawsuit claiming pop star Rihanna copied his photographs to create the music video "S&M." Although some allegations against the singer have been dismissed, a New York ...

  10. Canadian Court: 30-Second Samples Exempt From Royalties

    May 17, 2010 12:00 AM EDT The Canadian Federal Court of Appeals has said online music services do not owe performance royalties for 30-second samples meant to offer customers a preview of tracks they may later purchase. The Copyright Board of Canada came to the same conclu ...

  11. Briefs: Tenenbaum, Spotify, Qtrax

    July 27, 2009 12:00 AM EDT -- Joel Tenenbaum will not be able to claim fair use in his file sharing case. The judge's order, handed down early Monday morning, found that Tenenbaum had proposed "a fair use defense so broad that it would swallow the copyright protec ...

  12. Research Recap: Nielsen, Harvard, Berkeley

    July 10, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Below is a recap of music-related research or academic paper recently mentioned at Billboard.biz plus a few new ones. As Billboard wrote previously, "File-sharing and Copyright," an academic paper that argues file-sharing has not impaire ...

  13. Briefs: Jammie Thomas Case, Imeem, Pirate Bay

    June 12, 2009 12:00 AM EDT -- In the Jammie Thomas file-sharing case, the judge will allow evidence collected by MediaSentry and barred Thomas from using fair use as a defense. Fair use is an affirmative defense, meaning there is acknowledgement of the facts of a plaintiff& ...

  14. Business Briefs: EMI, Hastings, Ingrid Michaelson

    May 18, 2009 12:00 AM EDT -- A report says EMI is likely to sell off the Olympic recording studio in southwest London. ( Times Online ) -- Entertainment retailer Hastings reported net earnings of about $1.7 million for the three month period ended April 30, 2009. Revenues ...

  15. EFF Takes On Viacom Over YouTube

    March 22, 2007 12:00 AM EDT The Electronic Frontier Foundation has jumped into the legal fray between Viacom and YouTube. The group filed a complaint today (March 22) for MoveOn.org Civic Action and Brave New Films against Viacom for "misrepresentation of copyright infr ...

  16. House Members Debate 'Fair Use'

    November 22, 2005 12:00 AM EST A House Commerce Committee panel held an oversight hearing Nov. 16 to debate whether or not the "fair use" section of the Copyright Act needs to be broadened. Fair use gives scholars, researchers and WASHINGTON, D.C. -- A House Commerce ...

  17. House Members Debate 'Fair Use'

    November 16, 2005 12:00 AM EST A House Commerce Committee panel held an oversight hearing today (Nov. 16) to debate whether or not the 'fair use' section of the Copyright Act needs to be broadened. Fair use gives scholars, research A House Commerce Committee panel hel ...

  18. Case Summary: Fair Use of Concert Posters

    May 31, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Bill Graham Archives sued book publishers that used images of concert posters in a Grateful Dead biographical book for copyright infringement. The U.S. District Court in New York granted the publisher Bill Graham Archives sued book publishers that ...

  19. Case Summary: Right to Sue for Infringement & Fair Use of Film Clips

    April 26, 2005 12:00 AM EDT In a lawsuit brought against ABC by a company that licenses films and film clips, the U.S. District Court in New York wrote an opinion April 5, exploring issues involving assignments of copyright infr In a lawsuit brought against ABC by a company ...

  20. ABC's Use Of Film Clips Is 'Fair Use'

    April 26, 2005 12:00 AM EDT American Broadcasting Co. successfully defended a copyright infringement claim April 5 with the "fair use" defense before the suit reached the fact-finding trial stage. NEW YORK -- American Broadcasting Co. successfully defended a copyri ...

  21. Behind the Deal: Federal Judges Debate P2Ps and Copyright Infringement

    December 14, 2004 12:00 AM EST In a debate over contributory copyright infringement, two federal judges-Alex Kozinski with the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco and Richard Posner with the Seventh Circuit Court of App In a debate over contributory copyright infrin ...

  22. Case Analysis Of Sony Music Entertainment v. Does 1 - 40

    August 09, 2004 12:00 AM EDT On July 26, 2004, judge Denny Chin of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York issued an opinion in the RIAA case filed by 17 record companies against 40 unidentified Doe defendan On July 26, 2004, judge Denny Chin of the U.S. ...

  23. Software Maker Added To Fair-Use Hearing

    May 11, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Studios' Moore to testify to House panel. The founder of 321 Studios, which developed software that allows consumers to copy DVDs, has been added to the copyright House panel hearing set for tomorrow (May 12). The subcommittee will debate ...

  24. Software Maker Added To Fair-Use Hearing

    May 11, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Studios' Moore to testify to House panel. The founder of 321 Studios, which developed software that allows consumers to copy DVDs, has been added to the copyright House panel hearing set for tomorrow (May 12). The subcommittee will debate ...

  25. House Hearing To Discuss Fair-Use Bill

    May 10, 2004 12:00 AM EDT There'll be little neutral ground at a House panel hearing Wednesday (May 12) to discuss a bill that would broaden consumer fair-use rights. There'll be little neutral ground at a House panel hearing Wednesday (May 12) to discuss a bill ...

  26. The Digital Media Consumers' Right Act

    February 19, 2004 12:00 AM EST Bill to protect fair-use rights of users of copyrighted materials and allows consumers of digital media to make personal copies for their personal convenience. http://www.vnuemedia.com/digitalmall/store/product_view.jsp?product_id=16520&catego ...