Universal: EFF SLAPPed us with dancing toddler DMCA lawsuit

California is one of the states with its own anti-SLAPP law, designed to prevent the powerful from filing a Strategic Lawsuit Against Public Participation—in other words, to stop them from suing critics.

Link: http://arstechnica.com/news.ars/post/20080428-universal-eff-slapped-us-with-dancing-toddler-dmca-lawsuit.html


So if I understand the parts of the article that I read the parents were slapped with a lawsuit because a Prince song was playing the background and their kid was dancing to it? That’s nuts.

A 29-second video clip of a toddler dancing to Prince’s “Let’s Go Crazy” is the subject of a new court complaint against Universal Music Publishing Group, which demanded that the clip be removed from YouTube in early June. Apparently, the company believes that a few seconds of music blasting from a background stereo infringes on its copyright, but the Electronic Frontier Foundation disagrees. The EFF filed suit against Universal yesterday, alleging that the music in the clip was “self-evident non-infringing fair use.”

Another link: http://arstechnica.com/news.ars/post/20070725-universal-demands-takedown-of-homemade-dancing-toddler-clip-eff-sues.html