TV monitoring service is fair use, judge rules
ArsTecnica.com reports that last year, Fox News sued (PDF) a media-monitoring service called TVEyes, which allows its clients to search for and watch clips of TV and radio stations.
Fox lawyers argued the service violated copyright law and should be shut down. In a ruling (PDF) published yesterday, US District Judge Alvin Hallerstein disagreed, finding that TVEyes’ core services are a transformative fair use.
It’s a significant digital-age fair use ruling, one that’s especially important for people and organizations who want to comment on or criticize news coverage.