Fair Use Ruling Could Boost Computer Vision

This post originally appeared on Smart Content News.

This week’s landmark copyright ruling in the “Dancing Baby” video case was a set-back for the studios and record companies in their efforts to police the use of their works on YouTube and other  user-generated content platforms. But it could prove a boon to the fields of computer vision and computer learning.

Let s Go Crazy   1   YouTubeIn a 26-page opinion, the federal Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals ruled for the first time that copyright owners are required to consider fair use before sending a take-down notice demanding that an allegedly infringing video be removed from a website. The lawsuit stemmed from a 29-second video posted to YouTube by Stephanie Lenz showing her toddler “dancing” in the family kitchen as the Prince song “Let’s Go Crazy” played in the background.

Universal Music sent a take-down notice to the website claiming the use of Prince’s music in the video was not authorized. Read More »

Morning read: ASCAP for newspapers?

The Wall Street Journal has the scoop today on the big idea to come out of last week’s huddle of top newspaper execs in Chicago: a royalty collection society modelled on the music industry.

newspapersThe idea would be for a new newspaper collective to offer Web sites a blanket license to republish news stories, just as ASCAP and BMI do on behalf of songwriters and publishers for bars, restaurants, broadcasters and other outlets that want to perform music for the public, whether live or recorded.

The beauty part for publishers, according to some experts cited by the Journal, is that the ASCAP model would likely allow newspaper publishers to act together to monetize their content online without running afoul of anti-trust laws. Courts have historically upheld the music industry’s reliance on collection societies on grounds that individual songwriters or publishers cannot possibly monitor and license every bar and restaurant with a PA system. The same could arguably be true of publishers seeking to monitor millions of individual Web sites. Read More »