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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    Truthseeker, 31 Jul 2008 @ 5:44am

    Re: I hope he wins.

    I have listened to his show and while I find him halerious, Michael Savage or anyone else has no "RIGHT" to a radio show or sponsors. Like most on the right he is extremely contradictory from one show to the next and CAIR (regardless of thier associations) is perfectly justified in pointing out the frequent and glaring inconsistancies in his statements. Just as Michael Savage has the right to call Obama an "islamo-facist", CAIR has the right to call Michael Savage a liar. Unlike Savage though, CAIR can actually prove thier case simply by using his own words. Its time for Savage to "man up" and take some of what he has been dishing out for so many years.

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