TeleRead brings us the pleasing story of the legal background of that video of our new and youngest-ever congresswoman, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, dancing on a Boston roof while at university. Right-wing purists distributed this video in a misguided attempt to embarrass AOC. Just the opposite has happened. Those few Republicans who believe it’s disgusting for ladies to dance anything more energetic than a waltz no doubt feel vindicated, not of course that they could bring themselves to watch the video. But the vast majority of the public has reacted positively. AOC has responded by posting a little video of her dancing as she enters her congressional office accompanied by a tweet saying “I hear the GOP thinks women dancing are scandalous. Wait till they find out Congresswomen dance too! Have a great weekend everyone.”

Thank goodness Lawrence Lessig prevailed in his lawsuit against Phoenix over their take-down notice so that we are all allowed to see the dance to the music of their “Lisztomania”. Apparently there had been many brat pack remixes featuring “Lisztomania”, and Professor Lessig used some clips in a lecture . The group’s label, Liberation Music, filed a take-down notice. Lessig took it down but at once sued Phoenix for damages for excessive take-down notices. They settled out of court and all the remixes remain in public circulation. Computers working for YouTube have become pretty good at detecting potential copyright infringements, but detecting fair use still requires human judgement, potentially delivered by a law court.

Just to rub fair use in, here is the original 2010 video.

And here’s Ms Ocasio-Cortez’s response.

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