A federal court affirmed in a ruling about Lenz v. Universal, often called the “dancing baby” lawsuit, that copyright holders must consider fair use of material sending a copyright takedown notice. The United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit ruled that copyright holders must consider fair use before trying to remove content from the Internet. It also rejected the claim that "a victim of takedown abuse cannot vindicate her rights if she cannot show actual monetary loss."
- “Today’s ruling sends a strong message that copyright law does not authorize thoughtless censorship of lawful speech.
- We’re pleased that the court recognized that ignoring fair use rights makes content holders liable for damages.”