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Supreme Court Declines to Hear ‘Dancing Baby’ Copyright Case

The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday declined to hear a closely watched copyright dispute known as the “dancing baby” case over a company’s move to take down a home video posted online showing a toddler joyfully bouncing to the late …

‘Star Trek’ Mockumentary Maker Boldly Resists Copyright Infringement Claim

On Wednesday, a federal judge was told that while Paramount Pictures and CBS have produced a “limited number” of Star Trek television episodes and films, “they do not not own a copyright to the idea of Star Trek, or the …

Supreme Court Signals Interest in Fair Use Copyright in ‘Dancing Baby’ Case

The U.S. Supreme Court wants to hear more about the legal issues underpinning a dispute over a takedown notice sent to a mother who posted a 29-second video clip on YouTube of her toddler dancing to Prince’s 1984 hit, “Let’s …

YouTube Dancing Baby Recasts ‘Fair Use’ Under Copyright Law

Copyright holders must consider “fair use” before demanding that people remove videos they post online, such as on Google Inc.’s YouTube, a U.S. appeals court ruled on Monday. In a closely followed case over the home video of a toddler …

Court Rules Searchable Database Is ‘Fair Use’ of Copyrighted Books

Universities and research libraries that created a searchable online database for millions of books did not violate copyright protections belonging to authors whose works were scanned, a U.S. appeals court ruled last week. Rejecting an appeal by authors’ groups, the …

Photographer Wins $1.2M from Media Firms That Used Pics on Twitter

A federal jury on Friday ordered two media companies to pay $1.2 million to a freelance photojournalist for their unauthorized use of photographs he posted to Twitter. The jury found that Agence France-Presse and Getty Images willfully violated the Copyright …

Woody Allen v. William Faulkner: Fair Use?

A lawsuit filed by William Faulkner’s heirs over a quote in the Woody Allen film “Midnight in Paris” has been scheduled for trial April 7, 2014, in U.S. District Court in Oxford, Mississippi. The Faulkner estate sued Sony Pictures Classics …

Ruling Against News Aggregator Could Affect Copyright ‘Fair Use’

A federal judge concluded that an Internet news clipping service essentially resold stories from The Associated Press, saying in a decision released last Thursday that the ability of news organizations to perform “an essential function of democracy” is jeopardized when …