A Copyright Issue Everyone Can Agree On

by on April 27, 2007 · 8 comments

Copyright issues generate a lot of controversy. But here’s a cause I think everyone on all sides of the copyright debate can agree on: the presidential debates should be free from copyright restrictions after they are aired. Larry Lessig has a petition up calling on the RNC and DNC to require any television stations airing the debates to release their copyrights into the public domain, or under a CC-BY (or its equivalent) license.

Makes sense to me. The debates are a central part of the national conversation that is our presidential campaigns. There’s absolutely no reason there should be any restrictions on viewing, re-distributing, or re-mixing them. I’ve left a comment expressing my support. You can call the DNC to express your support at (202) 863-8000, or call the RNC at (202) 863-8500.

  • http://linuxworld.com/community/ Don Marti

    It’s hard to imagine a use of debate footage that wouldn’t qualify as fair use. Why throw away the opportunity to get a slam-dunk fair-use-affirming precedent into the law books?

  • http://linuxworld.com/community/ Don Marti

    It’s hard to imagine a use of debate footage that wouldn’t qualify as fair use. Why throw away the opportunity to get a slam-dunk fair-use-affirming precedent into the law books?

  • http://tieguy.org/blog/ Luis Villa

    There are a fairly large number of those, Don; this is instead a massively high profile way to get CC licenses (presumably) slapped on something.

    As a bonus, it is guaranteed that the content would get remixed and reused, not just copied and distributed. Really smart move by Lessig.

  • http://tieguy.org/blog/ Luis Villa

    There are a fairly large number of those, Don; this is instead a massively high profile way to get CC licenses (presumably) slapped on something.

    As a bonus, it is guaranteed that the content would get remixed and reused, not just copied and distributed. Really smart move by Lessig.

  • Doug Lay

    Jeff Jarvis is on a tear with this issue over at buzzmachine.com. Unfortunately, it seems that NBC hasn’t bought into the idea that the debate footage should be open to all. However, in typical Internet fashion, NBC’s copyright terms are simply being ignored by everyone from Jarvis himself to Presidential candidate Joe Biden.

  • Doug Lay

    Jeff Jarvis is on a tear with this issue over at buzzmachine.com. Unfortunately, it seems that NBC hasn’t bought into the idea that the debate footage should be open to all. However, in typical Internet fashion, NBC’s copyright terms are simply being ignored by everyone from Jarvis himself to Presidential candidate Joe Biden.

  • http://tieguy.org/blog/ Luis Villa

    And I forgot to mention that you’ll never get actual precedent out of a fair use violation like this one; it’ll never get to court because the case will settle or be dropped. So, again, what Lessig is doing is very smart (even if it doesn’t work in this cycle.)

  • http://tieguy.org/blog/ Luis Villa

    And I forgot to mention that you’ll never get actual precedent out of a fair use violation like this one; it’ll never get to court because the case will settle or be dropped. So, again, what Lessig is doing is very smart (even if it doesn’t work in this cycle.)

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