Lawrence Lessig Wins Fair Use Case
An Australian record label that threatened to sue one of the world’s most famous copyright attorneys for infringement got an lawsuit threat back from Lessig for it, and lost. The settlement includes an admission that Lawrence Lessig, a Harvard Law School professor, had the right to use a song by the band Phoenix for education, satire and a few other exceptions. Liberation Music says it will also pay Lessig for the harm it caused to the Electronic Frontier Foundation, a digital civil rights group, to work on causes that were important to Lessig’s friend Aaron Swartz.
“Too often copyright is used as an excuse to silence legitimate speech. I’ve been fighting against that kind of abuse for many years, and I knew I had to stand up for fair use here as well. Hopefully, this lawsuit will send a message to copyright owners to adopt fair takedown practices — or face the consequences.”[NPR]