Big news! After years of battling to protect free speech and fair use online, we have an important win in the "dancing baby" case. The United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit just ruled that copyright holders like Universal Music Group must consider fair use before trying to remove content from the Internet. Celebrate this win and donate to EFF today!
In 2007, Stephanie Lenz asked EFF for help responding to a baseless takedown of her video of her dancing toddler sent by Universal Music Corp. Prince’s “Let’s Go Crazy" plays on a stereo in the background of the short clip. We filed a lawsuit on her behalf to hold Universal accountable. Since then, we've challenged copyright censorship with every brief and motion filed in our lawsuit, Lenz v. Universal. We're proud of this win, which sends a strong message that copyright law does not authorize censorship of lawful speech.
Moreover, we're grateful to our members, who make it possible to stay in the ring and keep big companies accountable. As we celebrate and look towards the next stages of the fight, we're asking you to join EFF today and support important work to defend free speech online.
For digital rights,
EFF Development Director