Colbert Takes On Ridiculous Restrictions Over Talking About The Olympics

from the I'd-sue-you dept

On last night’s Colbert Report, Stephen brought on his brother, Ed Colbert, an international copyright lawyer to discuss the totally ridiculous restrictions on what he can and cannot say concerning his Olympics coverage, to avoid getting sued by either NBC or the Olympics, leading Colbert to dub his reports the “Vancouverage of the quadrennial cold weather competition” to avoid saying things like Vancouver, Olympics or even winter games, as those are all on the forbidden list. Watch here (probably US only, tragically):

The Colbert Report Mon – Thurs 11:30pm / 10:30c
Vancouverage 2010 – Ed Colbert
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Separately, if you watch the following segment on TV or online, I noticed that Comedy Central had to change the online coverage as compared to what was shown on TV last night. Last night, there were video clips from NBC’s coverage of the opening ceremonies. I don’t know if this was licensed or if Viacom/Comedy Central realized that those clips were fair use. But if you watch the online version, everywhere that Colbert showed a clip on the live version, there was, instead, a still photo — such as when he discusses the dancers from the opening ceremony and the lighting of the torch. I’m guessing that there’s some sort of licensing issue that explains why the online version of Colbert left those clips out, even though that seems ridiculous. Separately, if you look carefully in that same clip, you might catch a glimpse of occasional Techdirt contributor Blaise Alleyne who is seen laughing in the audience at one of Colbert’s jokes…

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inc says:

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ya i noticed that… I still love how they got to use all the words.. just educating the public on what they can’t say… I guess little line of the United States Constitution doesn’t apply to copyright. Does being in Canada mean they can tell people in the US what they can’t say since our laws don’t apply there?

“Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.”

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