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Chap 5 Fair Use - Heather Fackelman Due What Happened to...

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Heather Fackelman HONP 112 W-5:30-8:00 Due: 10/15/08 “What Happened to Fair Use?” In the NY Times article, “Universal music sues Myspace for copyright infringement,” Jeff Leeds explains that Myspace allows its members to upload music and videos, thus becoming a database through which people can find these copyrighted materials for free. This lawsuit is part of a “strategy by Universal” to fight a federal law that “provides a safe harbor” to internet companies that simply “filter out copyrighted works” after the copyright holder notifies them. They hope that in winning this case, they will have more power in negotiating future licensing terms. Universal has raised the same case with YouTube, a video sharing website, and has been successful in negotiating an agreement with the company before it was sold to Google. Although Myspace representatives have stated that Myspace “does not induce, encourage, or condone copyright violation,” Universal continues to fight for observance of copyright laws.
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