fair use doctrine News

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 …

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 …

Google Wins Copyright Scanning Case Against Authors; Judge Finds ‘Fair Use’

Google Inc. on Thursday won dismissal of a long-running lawsuit by authors who accused the Internet search company of digitally copying millions of books for an online library without permission. U.S. Circuit Judge Denny Chin in Manhattan accepted Google’s argument …

Court Dismisses Class Action Status in Google Digital Books Case for Now

A federal appeals court on Monday said a lawsuit against Google Inc.’s effort to create the world’s largest digital books library should not have been allowed to proceed as a class action. The 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in …

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 …