I love it when technical law meets mainstream news because it makes an otherwise dry legal topic (like DMCA, Fair Use) much more relatable to the public.
After all who wouldn’t be more interested in hearing the legal details if the story involved Prince and dancing YouTube babies?
Let me explain further.
This perfect storm recently happened when the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit ruled in a case called Lenz v. Universal Music Corp. et al. that a famous YouTube video featuring a baby bobbing his head to Prince’s “Let’s Go Crazy”, should not have been snatched down by Universal (I’m sure you’ve all seen that pathetic YouTube snowed out screen with the unhappy face that appears when a video is removed).