UNC media law graduate Kevin Delaney has had an article published in Communication Law and Policy. The article is “Balancing in Light of the Purposes of Copyright: Whether Video Music Lessons Constitute Copyright Infringement.”
The article addresses the question of whether it is a violation of copyright law for an individual to create and upload to the Internet a video music lesson in which the creator teaches viewers how to play a copyrighted song. The article argues that the defense of fair use should protect creators of video music lessons from liability in a copyright lawsuit, and specifically that video music lessons further the objective of copyright law – to promote learning. The article says, in part, “Because video music lessons promote copyright’s aim of creating a more informed populace, our copyright laws should encourage – not detract – from the creation of such works.”
This is the citation for the article: Kevin Delaney, Balancing in Light of the Purposes of Copyright: Whether Video Music Lessons Constitute Copyright Infringement, 20 Comm. L. & Pol’y 261 (2015).
Kevin wrote the article for a course in the UNC School of Law called Copyright and the Music Industry in the Fall of 2014. In May he graduated from UNC’s dual-degree program, earning a master’s in mass communication and a J.D. He now works for the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press.