Warner issues take down DMCA notice to Larry Lessig’s presentation

This is just plainly, fucked up.

They issued a take down notice for this video. Two things are happening here:
1. An stupid clerk issued the DMCA notice, without really understanding what he’s doing.
2. A legal team of Warner Music specifically decided to go against Lessig, and destroy fair use via legal precedence.

Of course, Larry Lessig‘s videos are fair use. Even if he makes money from his presentations and books, Lessig’s videos are more educational & journalistic (which are fair use points), than all Warner works put together. More over, Warner Bros will never be able to prove that they lost money on the examples Lessig shows on his presentations.

Not only that, but what’s really interesting here, is that Lessig’s part of the presentation that supposedly infringes are the parts where fair usage examples are shown. So basically, the “infringing” parts, are simply in there as EXAMPLES of fair usage. So, Warner Music will not only have to fight Lessig’s presentation, but they will have to DOUBLE-prove non-fair usage on the included remixed videos too. Good luck with that.

Which makes me believe that point number 1 above is true: some idiotic clerk, issued a take down notice, and now Warner Music will have to battle the bad PR. They won’t be able to battle this case in a court. If they go ahead, then there are some sinister reasons behind the whole thing, where they would use Lessig to “destroy all free thinkers out there”. A political move, in other words. If they win the double-fair-usage point I made above, then they will have destroyed fair use in the US.

4 Comments »

jeff wrote on April 30th, 2009 at 6:03 AM PST:

Umm, who is Larry Lessig? How about some background info, or writing 101.


Hark3n wrote on April 30th, 2009 at 6:19 AM PST:

Jeff, you don’t know who Larry Lessig is?

Lets just say that he is probably the last person you’d expect to be issued with a take down notice.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Larry_Lessig


Luis wrote on April 30th, 2009 at 9:57 AM PST:

We are getting to a point where I’m afraid that the only way out would be that everyone completely ignored copyrighted material that’s not under a (at least partially) free license. Simply refuse to buy it. Ignore it as if it didn’t exist, no matter how many adds they place, how hard they try to sell it to you or how much you want to have it (or listen to it, watch it, etc…), simply ignore it.

Let the empires fall down by themselves under their greed. Let alternatives rise. Support those alternatives. Promote them. They are our only hope.


jeff wrote on April 30th, 2009 at 1:30 PM PST:

nah.. he’s not on perezhilton or tmz ever so I could care less;)


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