March 5, 2014
Distinguished copyright legal scholar Lawrence Lessig and Liberation Music PTY Ltd. have “amicably resolved” a fair-use lawsuit that the Harvard law professor filed against the Australian independent record label in Massachusetts federal court.
Allegedly, Liberation improperly threatened Lessig with an infringement suit over a lecture that he posted to YouTube with snippets of amateur online performances of “Lisztomania,” a song by the band Phoenix, which the label represents in New Zealand.
The settlement’s terms are confidential, but Liberation reportedly admitted the YouTube lecture was a fair use of the song and will pay Lessig and undisclosed amount, according to a Feb. 27 press release from the Internet advocacy group Electronic Frontier Foundation.
Lessig v. Liberation Music PTY Ltd., No. 1:13-cv-12028, joint stipulation requesting dismissal filed (D. Mass. Feb. 28, 2014).