Universal fights YouTube over toddler Prince dance

Brian Turner

September 9, 2008

According to the BBC, a mum is locked in a copyright battle with Universal Music - after she posted a clip to YouTube of her toddler dancing to a Prince song.

Universal forced the clip off the site claiming copyright infringement.

Stephanie Lenz is now fighting the issue through the California courts, claiming “fair use”. And the EFF (Electronic Frontier Foundation) is helping her.

Apparently, the core issue isn’t so much as to whether the low-quality recording and short clip will dent Prince’s music sales.

It seems the blame is being solely shunted to Prince himself, who has always famously - or infamously - taken great care to control how his music is used.

While we can certainly sympathise with the creative intentions of the millionaire singer, the internet continues to challenge existing perceptions of copyright and fair use principles, especially when used in non-commercial circumstances.


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