Carl sez, "Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi posted a minute of video
of herself testifying on her blog. C-SPAN sent her a take
down notice and she
caved in complied. The Speaker should have stuck
to her guns and told C-SPAN
to fuck off that she was asserting
her fair use rights to that material. C-SPAN told the New York Times that they were simply protecting
their copyright "like CNN." But, C-SPAN is not like CNN or
Disney. In this open letter to C-SPAN's CEO, I submit my
purchase order for 6,251 congressional hearings and assert my fair
If C-SPAN were Disney, I might understand (though I would not sympathize with) a desire to milk an asset for every penny allowable by law. But, C-SPAN is not Disney and you should not treat the U.S. Congress like Disney would treat Mickey Mouse.
C-SPAN is a publicly-supported charity. Your only shareholders are the American public. Your donors received considerable tax relief in making donations to you. You and your staff were well paid for your excellent work. Congressional hearings are of strikingly important public value, and aggressive moves to prevent any fair use of the material is double-dipping on your part. For C-SPAN and for the American public record, the right thing to do is to release all of that material back into the public domain where it belongs.
See also: Ripping (off) the Congressional video record
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