EFF Teaches Barney The Dinosaur An Expensive Lesson In Fair Use

from the happy-now? dept

The folks behind Barney, the purple dinosaur TV character, have a long history of not quite understanding copyrights and fair use, as they tend to send out cease & desist letters at the drop of a hat, even if there's no actual violation. In fact, they sent so many to one person who had an online Barney parody site (parody is protected by fair use, remember) without actually suing him, that he (along with the EFF) finally sued Barney's owners back. It seems that this little sing-a-long lesson in copyright and fair use finally made sense to the stuffed dinosaur, who not only has agreed to stop sending out cease & desist letters to the guy, but also will pay for his legal bills in defending himself. Are we all a happy family now?


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    Anonymous Coward, Nov 28th, 2006 @ 1:37pm

    I love you, you love me. . .

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Nov 28th, 2006 @ 1:41pm

    Let's go nuts and sue Barney?

     

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    Stu, Nov 28th, 2006 @ 1:55pm

    Barney is scarey as hell.

     

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    ehrichweiss, Nov 28th, 2006 @ 2:37pm

    funny...

    About 10 years ago there was a file going around about how Sesame Street was a million times better than Barney and one of the things on it was that on one episode Barney basically humiliated a child for not wanting to share something whereas on SS, they simply said the child had that right and while it was cool to not share, there were benefits to sharing.

    I'm guessing that Barney decided HE didn't want to share either.

     

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    Copyright double agent, Nov 28th, 2006 @ 3:18pm

    Stealing from the thief?

    Isn't most of Barney's music ripoffs from other songs? How do they get to sue when they just take nursery songs and change the words?

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Nov 28th, 2006 @ 4:12pm

    I smell you, you smell me
    We're a smelly family
    With some stinky socks
    And some really stinky shoes
    Won't you came and smell me too?

     

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    IT STUDENT, Dec 15th, 2006 @ 7:18am

    Can't We All Just Get Along??

     

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    HANNAH, Oct 1st, 2007 @ 11:52am

    :O

    Barney??Being sued I used to love him when I was little
    Awww...

     

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    gawd666, May 22nd, 2009 @ 9:00pm

    my fave song

    Ihate you, you hate me, lets get together and kill barney! put a colt to his head, pull the trigger and hes dead!

    p.s: read inuyasha meets barney

     

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