Talk Radio Host Accuses Critic Of Copyright Infringement... And Racketeering?

from the for-a-bit-of-criticsm? dept

Radio talk show host Michael Savage apparently isn't as open to accepting criticism as he is in dishing it out. He's suing the Council on American-Islamic Relations for copyright infringement, because CAIR used clips from Savage's show to respond to, and criticize, his statements. That's a perfectly reasonable fair use of copyrighted content. It seems clear that this is merely an attempt to bully and silence a critic. To add even more weight to that claim, Savage isn't just claiming copyright infringement, but racketeering. The reasoning behind the racketeering charge isn't entirely clear (and from the EFF's response about the problems with Savage's filings, it sounds like the reasoning isn't clear to even those who made the racketeering claim), but the idea that posting some radio clips and criticizing them could be seen as racketeering seems pretty ridiculous.

Filed Under: cair, copyright, criticism, michael savage, racketeering


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    comboman, 4 Feb 2008 @ 5:28am

    American Xenophobes Please Shut Up!

    Using America's over-arching copyright laws to suppress freedom of speech is WRONG. It doesn't matter if the person whose speech is being suppressed is a islamofascist or a neo-nazi or a KKK or a communist or an environmental nut job or a pro-life nut job or a pro-choice nut job or any other kind of nut job. Freedom of speech must apply to EVERYONE or else it applies to NO ONE. You don't have to agree with them and you are free to speak out against them, but when you suppress their freedom, it's the first step towards someone else suppressing yours.

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