Man who live streamed his wife’s labour loses case in court

DECCAN CHRONICLE
Published Feb 17, 2017, 6:32 pm IST
Updated Feb 17, 2017, 6:34 pm IST
The man initially thought he was only shooting it for his friends before he realised he was streaming it to over 120,000 people
The man filed a case against all the media outlets when they used the video without his permission soon after he went live. (Photo: Pixabay)
 The man filed a case against all the media outlets when they used the video without his permission soon after he went live. (Photo: Pixabay)

In this day and age of social media, there are a lot of thing people do to share with the world. A man shot a video of his wife giving birth to their child last May but it was too late when he realised it was live streaming to over thousands of people on Facebook and that led to a problem.

According to a report in Arstechnica, Kali Kannongata filed a case after many media outlets used the video for the morning show and various other shows without permission. After many media outlets fought the case in court, they proved that the use of video content for news purposes is not an infringement of the Copyright Act and that they had used the clip in ‘fair use’. Media outlets like Good Morning America and ABC news website fought the case along with ABC, NBC and Yahoo but the lawsuit against CBS and Microsoft was dropped early last November.

While initially Kannongata fought about using the video without permission, he later agreed that it was probably the first time Facebook Live had been used for pregnancy. ABC however said that they had used the video to “Enable viewers to understand and form an opinion about the couple's actions." The video has now been taken down after the case was closed.


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