Virginia residents may be interested to learn about a copyright lawsuit that is making big headlines. When an Australian record label's automated system found one of their songs on YouTube, they threatened to sue the video maker. Little did they know, the person who had made the video was a world famous copyright attorney. Not intimidated by the threat of business litigation, the attorney decided to sue the record label back.
The copyright attorney also happened to be a Harvard Law School professor well known for his lectures on copyright law. In his lectures, the professor speaks about the importance of copyright law making a smooth transition into the Internet age. According to the fair use doctrine, if a clip of a song is used for the purposes of critique, permission from the copyright owner is not needed.
Rather than let his video be removed from YouTube, the professor decided to sue the record label for what he called a bad-faith lawsuit. He was also interested in fighting back against the use of automated systems that regularly threaten YouTube video makers with lawsuits. According to the professor, most people are too scared to go to court when facing a $150,000 fine for the use of one song.
When threatened with a copyright lawsuit, a business owner may know what actions to take that are within their rights. At the same time, the threat of huge fines can be intimidating. In order to build a solid defense against a copyright lawsuit, the advice of an experienced attorney could be helpful. An attorney who is well-versed in copyright law may be able to communicate effectively with the court in order to have a copyright lawsuit dismissed.
Source: NPR, "Record Label Picks Copyright Fight — With The Wrong Guy", Laura Sydell, September 27, 2013