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July 19, 2008


Stephanie Lenz vs Universal Music Publishing Group
A mom named Stephanie Lenz is my newest hero. In February, she posted a little 30 second home video for family and friends to YouTube of her toddler son learning to walk with Prince's "Let's Go Crazy" blaring in the background. Universal Music Publishing Group sent her a cease and desist letter demanding that she pull down her little home movie.

But David responded to the corporate Goliath with resistance, and a lawsuit. Ms Lenz refused to be intimidated by the suits, and is getting support from the Electronic Frontier Foundation. She wants not only to be allowed to show her blurry bitty little home movie to family, but for the copyright cartels to consider possible copyright violations on a case by case basis for whether any particular usage might be allowable fair use before they go slinging threats and lawsuits.

Apparently, Universal lawyers are arguing that it would be too much burden on copyright holders to consider each individual use. They apparently believe that it's only fair to shotgun threats and sic lawyers on anybody with any wisp of a use of copyright material, and expect housewives to pay for lawyers to justify their home movies.

If these corporate thugs put half as much energy into making better products and creative marketing as what they put into intimidating schoolkids and housewives, maybe the recording industry wouldn't be so totally in the dumpster.

posted by Al at 7/19/2008 03:03:00 PM

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