See if you can guess who before reading any further. (No, not Metallica.)
Well, that didn’t take long. Two months after its launch, the social video-sharing app Vine has received its first copyright takedown notices. The complaints were sent by NPG, the record label owned by Prince, whose music appeared in a few six-second videos on Vine.
Whether or not six seconds of a Prince song in a user-generated video constitutes fair use is something for a court to decide. If it’s not, though — if uploading a crappy, six-second video that contains someone’s song turns out to be illegal — we have to ask ourselves some pretty fundamental questions about copyright and what it’s for.
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