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Walking the Fine Line of Fair Use: The Second Circuit’s Decision in Fox News v. TVEyes

Only a small fraction of television news broadcasts are made available online. For a party to monitor and view all news coverage of an event, it would essentially have to watch and record all news broadcasts 24/7. That’s exactly what media-monitoring service TVEyes did. There was no dispute that TVEyes had copied Fox News’s content. Instead, the issue was whether TVEyes’s service constituted fair use.

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When the police release an important public safety message, how do they monitor the reporting of that message on TV news broadcasts? Or if a manufacturer issues a product recall, how can it view all news broadcasts commenting on the recall and track the geographic locations in which recall coverage has aired? Many people likely assume that the answer is the Internet. But they would be wrong: only a small fraction of television news broadcasts are made available online. For a party to monitor and view all news coverage of an event, it would essentially have to watch and record all news broadcasts 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

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