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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    Prophet, 4 Feb 2008 @ 2:30am

    I hope he wins.

    Listen to his show and you would get a much better understanding of what he is trying to accomplish with this lawsuit. CAIR is much more devious and Radical than most people would like to come to believe and this is part of their strategy to de-legitimize him. CAIR has already tried to use things he has said to bully his sponsors into dropping his show because he talks about things that are not "sensitive" and might bring people to think differently about their true intent. He constantly points out the ways that they are using radical clerics who preach death to America to staff their upper echelon of administrations. His number one grip though is them trying to use clips and snippets of his show to stifle his free speech. I am not a fanatic of this show, he has said things even i think are outrageous, but as far as his right to say them i am all for it.

    The Truth Abour CAIR and Terrorism

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