On 22 December the IPKat reported on Eminem’s success in blocking the release of one of his early recordings in The Source. Now has reported that Judge Gerald E. Lynch, the same judge who conducted last week’s copyright infringement hearing, has now allowed the magazine to go forward with limited excerpts. This Monday Lynch authorised The Source to release up to 20 seconds of the recording, according to a spokesperson for the magazine, saying it fell within the magazine's right to fair use for the purpose of criticism. In a statement The Source applauded the judge's decision as a victory. The magazine has yet to decide which 20-second segment of the nearly six-minute freestyle it will use.

United States statutory provision on fair use here; commentaries on fair use here, here and here

What can you do in 20 seconds? Click here, here, here or here to find out. 20 Seconds of Pleasure here

THE SOURCE 1 THE SOURCE 1 Reviewed by Jeremy on Thursday, December 25, 2003 Rating: 5

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