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Comment Re:hypocrisy (Score 4, Informative) 479

Actually, both the McCain campaign and the RNC have gotten itself in hot water several times for using copyrighted music or video clips without permission during this cycle.

A few examples:

McCain was served with a cease and desist letter from Fox News after he used their broadcast footage in a commercial without buying it...

McCain was sued by Mike Myers after he used a clip from a skit from SNL without purchasing it or getting permission from Myers himself (Myers isn't the copyright owner, but that's irrelevant).

McCain got yelled at by copyright owners for using the "Rocky" theme song in an ad without permission.

One of McCain's YouTube videos have been hit with a copyright infringement claim by Warner Music Group after the campaign used a song by Frankie Valli without permission.

Of course, all of this is not to mention McCain's little plagiarism issue with Wikipedia...
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Submission + - Michael Moore Boosts Piracy of "SiCKO"-- H

remove office writes: "Self-described muck-raking filmmaker Michael Moore has embraced an internet leak of his new health care documentary "SiCKO," even before the film hits theaters on June 29th. Moore, who has been a harsh critic of the MPAA in the past, said "I'm just happy that people get to see my movies. I'm not a big supporter of the copyright laws in this country." He also said piracy ultimately helps artists, and recalled how he was introduced to one of his favorite bands (The Clash), after somebody gave him a pirated casette tape (he says he later bought all their albums and attended paid to attend their concerts). Still, Moore hoped people would see the film in theaters anyways: "I wanted to do something for your laptop or your iPod, I would go do that. But I've chosen obviously to make things that I want seen on a big screen.""
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Submission + - Dems Partner with YouTube & Google for '08 Deb

remove office writes: "Earlier this month, Slashdotters read an article I wrote about how CNN plans to release its upcoming Democratic presidential debate under a Creative Commons type license that would allow people to reuse the footage without restriction. Now the Democratic National Committee has gone one step further and announced that their CNN debate will be cosponsored with YouTube and Google, raising the possibility that debate footage will be made available online for free. Previously, both Fox News and MSNBC have made short clips from the debates they sponsored available in streaming Flash and Windows Media formats, interrupted by more commercials than they were originally broadcast with."
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Submission + - CNN to Release 2008 Debate under Creative Commons

remove office writes: "After calls from several prominent bloggers and a couple of presidential candidates themselves, CNN has agreed to release the footage from its upcoming June presidential debates uncopyrighted. Senator Barack Obama was the first candidate to call for all presidential debates to be released under Creative Commons, with fellow Demcoratic hopeful John Edwards following shortly afterwards. CNN will be the first to do so with their June 3rd and 5th Democratic and Republican debates. The NBC-Microsoft co-venture MSNBC hosted the first presidential debates recently but refused to release it under Creative Commons, opting instead to post only commercial-ridden clips online in Windows Media format."

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