Legal Issues

by Mike Masnick

Politicians Don't Mind Copyright Infringement When It Works For Them

from the making-a-stand-for-fair-use? dept

While House and Senate elected officials have made big deals out of the importance of intellectual property, it hasn't been on the radar screen of the Bush/Cheney administration... or has it? NBC got angry that the campaign released an online commercial for the President using footage from an interview done on NBC. The campaign insists they've done nothing wrong. Does that mean they're supporters of "fair use"? Chances are they've never actually thought about the issue, and this is yet another case of politicians who would push for more stringent intellectual property laws, while making sure to ignore them themselves when convenient.

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