Harvard Prof Hits Record Co. Over YouTube Video Takedown

Law360, Los Angeles (August 23, 2013, 5:03 PM ET) -- Lawrence Lessig, a Harvard Law School professor and proponent of looser online copyright laws, hit Australian record company Liberation Music Pty Ltd. with a lawsuit in Massachusetts federal court on Thursday for allegedly misusing copyright law to remove one of his lectures from YouTube.

The lecture included several short clips of amateur dance videos set to the song “Lisztomania” by the French band Phoenix, used to highlight emerging styles of cultural communication on the Internet. Lessig, joined by the Electronic Frontier Foundation, has asked the court...
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