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Stop button finally hit on ‘Dancing Baby’ copyright dispute

Written by Ellis Sweetenham on 09 July 2018

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A copyright action which has continued on for 11 years have finally reached a settlement.

The whole dispute started when a video of a baby was posted by Stephanie Lenz in 2007 on YouTube. The baby was her son who was dancing to Prince’s ‘Lets Go Crazy’.

A takedown notice was issued by Universal, who own the rights to Princes music and the matter spans over a decade of court decisions and continual dispute.

In June, the US Supreme Court took its own steps to end the matter as they refused to hear Universal’s appeal against the Ninth Circuit’s decision which implied some responsibility to Universal for issuing a takedown notice on a video or work which is clearly under the ‘fair use’ doctrine.

This refusal to take the matter any further by the Supreme Court has prompted both parties to agree a private settlement.

Speaking of the end of the matter, Mrs Lenz praised Universal’s change in processes which as now allowed similar matters to be dealt with ‘much better’.

Universal’s Chief Counsel David Kokakis echoed this, highlighting how the case had helped the company develop a fair procedure.

That puts to bed one of the longest running copyright claims, but it is clear it will not be the last with music copyright claims on the rise.

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