– Universal Music Group has been ordered by a federal judge to pay some of the
attorneys’ fees incurred by Stephanie Lenz, whose video of her toddler dancing
to Prince’s "Let’s Go Crazy" was wrongfully taken down from YouTube (NASD: GOOG)
at the label’s request. The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF), a digital
civil liberties group, argued Lenz’s case asking a judge to declare that her
use of "Let’s Go Crazy" in her video was a "fair use" of
the copyrighted Prince song.
The court agreed, and the video was reinstated on
YouTube. Lenz also sued Universal for her attorneys’ fees, and a judge has
granted partial summary judgment.
The ruling indicates that Lenz will be able
to recover attorneys’ fees related to challenging Universal’s takedown notice,
but may not be able to collect fees related to her additional claims of damages
against Universal, according to The Hollywood Reporter’s coverage.