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Friday Factoid: YouTube To Defend Users in Support of Fair Use Doctrine

Under the Digital Millennium Copyright Act, copyright owners can demand that websites such as YouTube remove postings of videos that contain their copyright protected material. Many of the videos that are the subject of such “takedown” notices are being used lawfully under the “fair use” doctrine, which allows people to display portions of another’s work for certain purposes (such as commentary, parody and news). YouTube recently announced that it will pay the legal fees to defend several YouTube postings that have received what it believes are unfair takedown notices. One such video features Stephen Colbert rebroadcasting cable news clips and commenting on the same. Source: NY Times Jon Wachs websiteIf you have any questions regarding the content of this communication, please contact Jonathan R. Wachs: jwachs@offitkurman.com | 301.575.0302. If you would like to subscribe to receive Friday Factoids® in your inbox click here.