A video that features a baby dancing around to 'Let's Go Crazy' by Prince has been the subject of a long-drawn-out takedown case, which finally seems to be over, as of yesterday (Monday 15th September). The video can stay!

The Ninth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco stated that copyright-holder must first consider a video like this one amounts to "fair use" – this includes for journalistic or critical purposes, educational use (teaching/research), and private postings that don't damage the commercial market for the work.

The video itself, taken by Stephanie Lenz, was uploaded in February 2007. The same year, it was blocked for around six weeks before YouTube put it back up again following an appeal for fair use by Lenz.

The renewed efforts and subsequent failings of Universal Music to issue a successful takedown "sends a strong message that copyright law does not authorize thoughtless censorship of lawful speech," says Lenz's lawyer, Corynne McSherry of San Francisco's Electronic Frontier Foundation.

She continued:

"Congress gave copyright-holders extraordinary power to send an e-mail and take content offline. With that kind of power comes responsibility to consider whether the posting was authorized."

Common sense, decency, and babies win over corporate muscle-flexing. Humanity wins.