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Electric Slide creator calls off online takedown campaign

Written by James Delahunty (Google+) @ 22 May 2007 19:53 User comments (9)

Electric Slide creator calls off online takedown campaign After being hit with a lawsuit from the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF), The man who claims to have created "The Electric Slide" has agreed to call off his online video takedown campaign and to stop threatening people using the popular line dance for non-commercial purposes. The EFF filed a lawsuit against Richard Silver on behalf of videographer Kyle Machulis.
Silver sent a takedown demand to YouTube under the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA), requesting that a video uploaded by Machulis to the service be taken down. The video contained concert footage that included a ten-second segment of audience members attempting to do the Electric Slide. Silver claimed he owned the copyright to the Electric Slide and that the video infringed his rights and of course, the video was removed.

"Mr. Silver's misuse of the DMCA interfered with our client's free speech rights," said EFF Staff Attorney Corynne McSherry. "New technologies have opened multiple avenues for artists and their audiences to create, share and comment on new works. We cannot let absurd copyright claims squash this extraordinary growth."

Under the terms of the settlement, Silver will license the Electric Slide under a Creative Commons license -- allowing the performance, display, reproduction or distribution of any recorded performance of the dance in any medium for non-commercial purposes. Silver has agreed to post these terms on any of his current or future websites that mention the Electric Slide so that users are aware of the Creative Commons license.

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9 user comments

123.5.2007 7:13

Go EFF!

223.5.2007 8:48

Oh dear... Electric Slide! I just threw up a little in my mouth.

323.5.2007 8:52

Originally posted by macko79:
Oh dear... Electric Slide! I just threw up a little in my mouth.
LOL
well everyone is tryign to make money so badly they forget about lil things like fair use and and free speech.

423.5.2007 12:04

I just hope Michael Jackson doesn't sue me for doing
the Moon-Walk when I was 12.

523.5.2007 12:07

Originally posted by ChromeMud:
I just hope Michael Jackson doesn't sue me for doing
the Moon-Walk when I was 12.
only if he can get the vids ^_~

623.5.2007 21:31

Quote:
Originally posted by ChromeMud:
I just hope Michael Jackson doesn't sue me for doing
the Moon-Walk when I was 12.
only if he can get the vids ^_~
That's really creepy.

723.5.2007 21:34

Quote:
[quote]
Originally posted by ChromeMud:
I just hope Michael Jackson doesn't sue me for doing
the Moon-Walk when I was 12.
only if he can get the vids ^_~
That's really creepy.[/quote]SO MJ is not creepy? ^^

824.5.2007 1:14

You never know MJ may be a smooth thriller :P

But this is really silly in my book. I dance on occasion too mainly like MJ and i do this move that i spin and jump and land on my knees now can i sue someone for copying that. :P

He should be happy that people like doing his move.

925.5.2007 9:02
davidrose
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Dance, dance, dance the night away.
ELECTRIC would it be so bad? LOL

Oh the mighty lawsuits...

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