The Dancing Baby: Copyright Law, YouTube, and Music Videos
Richardson, Megan & Ricketson, Sam (Eds.) Research Handbook on Intellectual Property in Media and Entertainment. Edward Elgar, Cheltenham (UK), Northampton (Mass.), 150-194.
Posted: 30 Aug 2016 Last revised: 29 Mar 2017
Date Written: July 22, 2017
There has been a long history of copyright litigation in respect of musical works and sound recordings. Over the last decade there has been a new battlefield. In the wake of legal action against peer-to-peer networks such as Napster, Kazaa and Grokster, and torrent services such as The Pirate Bay, copyright owners targeted internet video sites, which provided access to copyright works such as music, television and film. There has been significant conflict in respect of internet videos between creators, the music industry, online intermediaries and consumers. The internet video sharing site YouTube has been a focal point of copyright litigation and public policy debate.
Keywords: Copyright Law, YouTube, Safe Harbours, Viacom, Dancing Baby, Prince, Digital Millennium Copyright Act, Intermediary Liability, Social media
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