EMI takes down Newport

September 2010

Internet, music publishing

The spoof of Jay-Z and Alicia Keys’ ‘New York State Of Mind’, the now near legendary ‘Newport State Of Mind‘, which has had over two million views on YouTube in its first two weeks has been taken down after EMI Music Publishing submitted a copyright claim against it. US readers might be surprised to learn that the UK’s concept ‘fair dealing’ does not extend as widely as the US doctrine of ‘fair use’ and it is unclear how far (if at all) parody is protected. Andrew Gower’s 2006 review of the UK’s IP laws in 2007 recommended a new exception for parody and satire – as yet not implemented.

See Rhodri Marsden’s article in The Independent 19th August 2010 http://www.independent.co.uk/life-style/gadgets-and-tech/features/rhodri-marsden-a-parody-is-not-funny-in-the-eyes-of-the-law-2055157.html

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