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Fair Use Avoids Takedown

■ Adam E. Szymanski In Lenz v. Universal Music Corp., Nos. 13-16106 and 16107 (9th Cir. Sept. 14, 2015), a panel of the 9th Circuit held that the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) requires a copyright holder to consider fair use before sending a takedown notice to an online service provider, like YouTube® or Google®. Failure to consider fair use, the court determined, raises a triable offense issue as to whether the copyright holder formed a subjective good faith belief that the use was authorized by law.   The claim arose when Universal Music Corp. sent a takedown notice to...


■ Wendy M. Bratten In a September decision out of the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California in Los Angeles, music group The Turtles triumphed over Sirius XM Radio, Inc., the largest radio broadcaster in America. Flo & Eddie, Inc., owned by founding members of The Turtles, filed a class action suit against Sirius alleging $100 million dollars in unpaid royalties for performance of pre-1972 recordings, including The Turtles’ chart-topping song “Happy Together.” At issue in the case was whether ownership of pre-1972 sound recordings includes the exclusive right to publicly perform the recording. The court granted...