'Dancing Baby' Mom Challenges Prince Over Copyright
July 21, 2008 at 4:35 AM (PT)
A mother who uploaded a video of her son on YOUTUBE is now taking on musician PRINCE and a major music company in a SAN JOSE courtroom, reports KCBS-TV (CHANNEL 5). STEPHANIE LENZ of PENNSYLVANIA made a video of her 13-month-old boy dancing to an almost inaudible song, and posted it on YOUTUBE, as thousands of parents do worldwide.
Is it cute or routine? Not everybody thinks so. PRINCE had his attorneys send a "takedown notice" because "Let's go Crazy" -- the song in the background of the dancing baby -- is his song and UNIVERSAL MUSIC's copyright.
A federal judge in SAN JOSE on FRIDAY heard arguments in a lawsuit filed by LENZ. She claims UNIVERSAL MUSIC misused the takedown notice. YOUTUBE initially took it down. But LENZ fought back. She sent a letter to YOUTUBE, demanding her video be reinstated. They in turn sent a letter to UNIVERSAL MUSIC, which represents PRINCE.
Eventually YOUTUBE posted the video back up because UNIVERSAL MUSIC never answered. And that's where it would have ended, except LENZ decided to file a lawsuit against UNIVERSAL MUSIC with the legal help of the ELECTRONIC FRONTIER FOUNDATION in SAN FRANCISCO.