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Universal May Have to Pay the Piper Over Takedown of Dancing Baby

Mar 01, 2010, 14:32 (0 Talkback[s])
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"Universal Music might have to pay for pulling video of a dancing baby off YouTube.

"U.S. District Judge Jeremy Fogel ruled late Thursday that Stephanie Lenz can get some limited recompense from the music label for ordering YouTube to drop a 29-second video of her son dancing to the music of Universal artist Prince.

"Lenz still must prove her case before collecting anything. But it appears to be the first answer to the question of how an apparently ill-brought takedown notice should be punished under the Digital Millennium Copyright Act.

""The decision is significant as the first one to construe the question of how broadly the terms damages and fees should be construed under the DMCA," wrote Ian Ballon, Internet law expert at Greenberg Traurig, in an e-mail."

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