Fair Use of Presidential Debates, please.

By Pete Salsich III

Professor Lessig (and a long list of other prominent people) are calling on the Republicans and the Democrats to eliminate unnecessary regulation of political speech, particularly when it comes to Presidential debates.  Lessig talks about the increasing uncertainty surrounding the application of copyright laws -- and the confines of the "fair use" defense -- to internet-based forums such as YouTube, and the potential temptation for some politicians to use copyright law as a club to block critical commentary. 

While some might view this as simply an extension of Lessig's well known views in favor of less restrictive copyright laws in general, I think his key point is right here:

"I am confident that I won’t like much of what this freedom will engender. But if that were a legitimate reason to regulate political speech, this would be a very different world. We should all, regardless of our political persuasion, be encouraging a wide ranging debate about our political future. And we all need to hear more from those with whom we disagree."

I could not agree more, especially in today's world.  Read the whole post and consider adding your voice by contacting the RNC and the DNC directly.

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