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From the LA Times, an article about a ruling the fair use YouTube case Lenz v. Universal.

A federal judge in San Jose handed a victory to fair-use advocates today, refusing to dismiss a lawsuit that a Pennsylvania woman filed after Universal Music Publishing forced YouTube to remove a video of her children cavorting to an old Prince hit. But it may prove Pyrrhic, as the judge expressed doubt that the woman would ultimately be able to prove her case.

More details about the case can be found at the Electronic Frontier Foundation website, including the latest court document on the ruling.

And the video that Prince didn’t want you to see:

Commercial for a Keystone 8mm home movie set from mid-1960s Knoxville, courtesy of the Tennessee Archive of Moving Image and Sound.

Tragically, the blog Lost in Light has announced that it is going to that great web server in the sky.  Over the years, Jen and Aaron have rediscovered countless home movie collections.  They offered free film transfers and were instrumental in encouraging creative uses for home movies, and graciously posted their transfers on for the world to download and share.

They end with contributions from the home movie and snapshot Flickr collection, The Owls Go, which is definitely worth a visit on its own.

Coming Soon:

Who We Were, the Square America book.

350 photos, all taken by amateur photographers, tell the story of America from the 1890s through the early 1970s, literally beginning inside a surry with a fringe on top and ending on the Moon. Of course there’s World Wars (two of them!), the Depression, and Civil Rights marches but there’s also child brides and criminals, rabbit hunters and rat-catching contests.

But wait, there’s more! Every 100 orders will get a copy of the Square America home movie DVD-R.