When a proud mother uploaded a short video of her baby dancing to YouTube in 2007, she probably didn't expect it to become a lightning rod for copyright law.
Stephanie Lenz's children were just jamming out to Prince, a harmless representation of proud motherhood. Universal Music Group saw it as something different — using their music without paying for the rights.
The Prince song "Let's Go Crazy" was playing on a stereo in the background of the short clip. Universal Music Group sent YouTube a notice under the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA), claiming that the family video infringed the copyright in Prince's song. EFF sued Universal on Lenz's behalf, arguing that Universal abused the DMCA by improperly targeting a lawful fair use.
Today, the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit ruled that copyright holders like Universal must consider fair use before trying to remove content from the Internet. It also rejected Universal's claim that a victim of takedown abuse cannot vindicate her rights if she cannot show actual monetary loss.
Basically the Ninth Circuit court told copyright holders to slow their roll with all of the cease and desist notices that have plagued YouTube videos. The opinion states reminds these hyper lawyers that there is a legal doctrine called 'fair use' which allows the usage of copyrighted material without paying for the license for things like research, teaching, news reporting and sharing a video of your cute kids dancing to a song.
TL;DR A high court told copyright lawyers to calm down.
Remember yesterday when that super cute couple got really drunk and told the story about how they met?
Well they're already back with another video, which showcases their wedding's first dance. Justin Willman and Jillian Sipkins have a bit of a flair for what people like to watch on the Internet and this video is no different.
It really helps that Willman is a professional magician, which makes stunt like this a lot more likely in a wedding setting.
It's cute and makes all of us wish we could finally get married so our family would leave us alone about it, already.
It's official. Ronda Rousey can't get any more lovable.
The UFC Women's Bantamweight Champion, Pokémon expert and all around badass just accepted a marine's invitation to attend the Marine Ball in December.
Lance Corporal Jarrod Haschert asked the fighter out last week in a video plea that has been viewed nearly five million times on Facebook.
"Yeah, I'll totally go," Rousey told TMZ , as she was cornered in a Whole Foods parking lot. "He needs to find dates for my girls and then we'll all go."
Your move, Haschert.
In other Ronda Rousey news, she made eating Carl's Jr. look like an Olympic sport.
The past few years haven't been much of a cakewalk for Paula Deen and it'll probably stay that way as the stigmatized celebrity chef tries to keep up with other C-list high-steppers.
She's going to be on the next season of Dancing with the Stars.
According to Variety:
The former Food Network star has reportedly been cast in season 21 of "Dancing With the Stars," along with Nick Carter of the Backstreet Boys, Triple Crown-winning jockey Victor Espinoza and the previously announced Bindi Irwin of "Crocodile Hunter" fame.
Deen, who was dropped by the food cabler in 2013 after making headlines for racially charged comments, had been asked to join past seasons of "DWTS," though ABC declined to comment on her current casting.
It was only a few months ago that she took her most recent, brown-faced step into controversy. And we hope that she won't try to worm her way back into our arteries by performing any culturally sensitive dances.
Only twerking and the Electric Slide for her.
We proabbaly won't be watching.
Arena football fans might have come to cheer for the Arizona Rattlers, but they yelled the loudest for dance choreographer Oscar Hernandez.
In the middle of a halftime performance by the Rattlers' cheerleading squad the Sidewinders, the women received another player on the field who just wanted to dance.
Although he wore the uniform and sported the size of a linebacker, the 6'2", 280-pound man was actually the one who composed the dance. He proceeded to shock the audience with his stellar moves and his surprising splits.
Hernandez is the man behind many dances you may have already seen, even if he looks like he should be running into and over people instead of telling them where to stand and step. He's been dancing since age 5, cheered and danced at Apollo High School in Glendale, Ariz., and in 2002, broke into the business as a dancer and choreographer with the Phoenix Suns. He's never played a down of football, but still gets mistaken for someone who has.
Hernandez has worked with dozens of professional teams since 2002 — the Nuggets, Warriors, Sonics, Blazers, Pistons, Cowboys, Arizona Cardinals and Lions among them. He helped choreograph the 2009 NBA All-Star Game halftime show in Phoenix.
Here's a closer view of his action:
Well...kinda walking on water. With a special mixture of water and cornstarch, you can create what is referred to as a "non-Newtonian fluid," which is basically a fluid that doesn't act like how a fluid should act...get it? Anyways, fill a 2,100 gallon pool of this stuff, and you'll have people walking, crawling, and dancing all over it!