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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    John, 4 Feb 2008 @ 5:47am

    Never said they were guilty Paul

    I specifically said, I hope this sheds light on their operations, again read the suit as filed, and you will see that investigations have been performed on their members PROVING alliance with terrorists, and terrorist organizations. As I also stated, the facts can be misleading, I'm hoping this suit has Nothing to do with copyright, and forces the exposure of their operations. I find it disturbing that this organization operates in the fashion outlined. I'm fully aware that it is one side in a case, but i stated, I hope it brings to light what these people are doing, with a tax exempt status, within the walls of a country they seem to hate. Islam is peaceful, terrorism is not. Perhaps one day you will entertain the fact that some terrorists happen to be Islamic, among other religions, and wish to have their efforts exposed.

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