A judge in the US has ruled that Facebook Live videos that are streamed publicly are considered to be "fair use", meaning that the owner of the footage cannot try to claim copyright infringement if other bodies, such as the media, seek to use the content.

In May 2016, Kali Kanongataa, from Carmichael, California, made history by being the first to livestream the birth of a baby when he filmed the birth of his son, which his partner Sarah Dome agreed to.

After filming for half an hour, Kanongataa realised that the stream was set to "public", rather than "friends only", but he didn't want to stop the video once it had been started, so he left the stream as it was.

Over 120,000 people ended up watching the live stream, and 22 seconds of the footage was later picked up by ABC and aired on the Good Morning America morning television show because the show's anchors felt that the live stream was a "socially significant phenomenon".

And since ABC has a partnership with Yahoo, the website also hosted the footage on its site, plus a screenshot and a short video clip from the stream were used on the Women's Health magazine website.

Kanongataa wasn't happy about this and in September 2016, he decided to sue ABC, Yahoo, Rodale, COED Media Group, iHeartMedia and Cox Communications in several separate lawsuits (read the lawsuit against ABC and Yahoo) for copyright infringement because none of the media organisations sought his permission or consent to publish the video or any screenshots from his live stream.

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