News in Brief: Legal scholar settles copyright suit with indie label

March 5, 2014

Westlaw News in Brief thumbnailDistinguished 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.

EFF and law firm Jones Day represented Lessig. In a Feb. 28 blog, Phoenix chimed in too, saying, “We absolutely support fair use of our music.”

Lessig v. Liberation Music PTY Ltd., No. 1:13-cv-12028, joint stipulation requesting dismissal filed (D. Mass. Feb. 28, 2014).

Related Court Documents on Westlaw or WestlawNext:
Complaint: 2013 WL 4494483
Amended Complaint: 2013 WL 5500407