Following the controversy surrounding Eminem's teenage rage lyrics which contained racist remarks towards black women, a New York Federal Judge has sanctioned limited excerpts of the offending lyrics.
Music magazine 'The Source' wanted to distribute CD's containing the previously unreleased rap tracks. Eminem had - not surprisingly - tried to prevent The Source from releasing the CD's. Meanwhile some further tracks found there way onto eBay.
Eminem's legal counsel had claimed that releasing the tracks would amount to copyright infringement (this is an interesting example of copyright being used to protect an artist's right not to release material that could prejudice the artist's reputation).
However, the Judge ruled that limited reproduction - up to 20 seconds - could amount to 'fair use' and so The Source would be allowed to use excerpts for the purpose of criticism.
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