Fair Use Protection Limits Common Law Copyright Claims Over Sound Recordings in New York

15 10 2008

EMI Records sought to enjoin Premise Media Corporation (Premise) from using a clip from John Lennon’s song, Imagine, in the documentary film, EXPELLED: No Intelligence Allowed. The court did not issue guidance on the exact amount of use needed to constitute copyright infringement. Instead, the court ruled that EMI was unlikely to win on the merits of the case because the fair use defense likely applied to Premise’s use of Imagine. The court denied the injunction since granting one would cause harm.

EMI Records v. Premise Media

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