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Online lecture prompts legal fight on copyright

Famed Harvard legal professor Lawrence Lessig may be the last guy you would want to pick a fight with over copyright issues over the internet, writes Michael B Farrell for The Boston Globe.

But that is exactly what Australian record company Liberation Music did when it threatened to sue Lessig, a leading scholar of internet law and an advocate for fewer copyright restrictions, for allegedly violating its rights by using music from the hit song “Lisztomania”, by French pop band Phoenix, during a lecture.

Liberation Music claimed to own the licence for the 2009 song, which became so popular that fans, college students, and choruses from around the world made their own dance videos to the music and posted them on YouTube, creating something of a global internet phenomenon. Lessig used the phenomenon and excerpts from the dance videos in a 2010 lecture that he recorded and also posted to YouTube, prompting the legal warning from Liberation Music. Now, Lessig is fighting back with his own legal action.
Full report on The Boston Globe site