A Good Step: House Oversight Committee Puts Hearing Archive Video Online

from the nicely-done dept

The House Oversight Committee in Congress has done a cool thing that pretty much every committee in Congress should have done long ago: put a ton of its archived video of Committee hearings online. You can see them all on YouTube. The actual project was done by Carl Malamud — and as we’ve noted in the past, if Malamud is involved in a project, it’s almost certainly a good thing. Malamud is a leading force in terms of open government and government transparency, and it’s great that Rep. Darrell Issa and the House Oversight Committee worked with him on this project. All in all, they put up 1,139 videos, ranging back as far as March of 1993 (and right up to December 16th of 2011). This is a “pilot project,” so hopefully it means the same thing will be done with other Congressional video as well.

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That Anonymous Coward (profile) says:

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You mean like the MegaVideo where they claimed an artists who was not actually involved in the final product was being abused? Then they went on and behaved like the artists had no right to have contracts independent of them and claimed ownership over their work?

I mean they are paying for alot of Congresscritters, so they could just use their special secret takedown channels with YouTube.

That Anonymous Coward (profile) says:

And then it hit me…
The reason none of the Congresscritters didn’t object to this is…
They think the internet is just a fad and so few people actually use it. YouTube is just a massive front for stealing money from their corporate sponsors, so this worked on 2 levels.
No real people would see the petty bickering videos, and they are flooding that den of piracy with boring content which will force all pirates to give up and run out and buy more movies.
How long until they have an Oprah AHA Moment?

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