Commenting on Viral Video Is Fair Use–Equals Three v. Jukin Media

20 10 2015

This is a copyright lawsuit over viral videos. Jukin Video apparently finds and acquires the rights to viral videos. It reached 1 million subscribers on YouTube and has over 17,000 videos available for licensing. Equals Three produces short humor programs for YouTube. A host introduces and discusses a series of video clips. I would liken Equals Three’s show to “this week in viral video.” It often uses the clips in their entirety but adds commentary and other content, text, and graphics. For purposes of illustration, an Equals Three segment is below:

Case Citation: Equals Three, LLC v. Jukin Media, Inc., 14-09041 (C.D. Cal. Oct. 13, 2015)



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