Local Media Outlets Spar Over Use of Video

Last week local website PubDef.net posted a video with a short segment from a KSDK newscast promising a follow-up segment with allegations of an alderman on the take. However, the follow-up piece failed to deliver as promised and PubDef.net once again showed a segment of their newscast, criticizing the television station’s coverage of the story teased the night before. KSDK, it appears, filed a complaint with YouTube which then suspended PubDef’s entire 500+ video library. PubDef’s Antonio French claims he was within his rights under “Fair Use” laws.

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Does using a portion of a video from a longer broadcast violate copyright? Was KSDK correct to protect their interests? Is Mr. French correct in claiming he was within his rights under the Fair Use provision of federal copyright laws?

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