PA Mom Sues Universal To Keep Home Vid On YouTube
July 25, 2007 at 5:46 AM (PT)
A PENNSYLVANIA mother sued UNIVERSAL MUSIC PUBLISHING in federal court in SAN FRANCISCO for forcing YOUTUBE to take down her home video of her toddler son dancing to 29 seconds of a PRINCE song, reports KPIX-TV/SAN FRANCISCO. STEPHANIE LENZ's lawsuit accuses UNIVERSAL MUSIC of sending YOUTUBE an allegedly baseless complaint on JUNE 4 claiming that her video violated the company's copyright to PRINCE's "Let's Go Crazy."
The complaint resulted in YOUTUBE removing the video from its website for six weeks until LENZ sent the video-sharing website a counter-notice demanding reposting, the lawsuit says. LENZ said, "I was really surprised and angry when I learned my video was removed. UNIVERSAL should not be using legal threats to try to prevent people from sharing videos of their kids with family and friends."
The 29-second film shows LENZ's 18-month-old son HOLDEN bouncing to the rock star's song and smiling at the camera as he pushes a rolling walker around her kitchen. LENZ, a writer who lives in the western PENNSYLVANIA town of GALLITZIN, recorded the scene with a digital camera in FEBRUARY and posted it on YOUTUBE for her family and friends to see, according to the lawsuit.