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Submission + - "Viacom hit me for infringing my own copyright (blogspot.com) 2

Chris Knight writes: "Long story short: I ran for school board where I live this past fall and created some TV commercials including this one with a "Star Wars" theme. A few months ago VH1 grabbed the commercial from YouTube and featured it in a segment of its show "Web Junk 2.0". Neither VH1 or its parent company Viacom told me they were doing this or asked my permission to use it, but I didn't mind it if they did. It was great to see the commercial was being enjoyed by a far wider audience than I'd expected. I was honored that they chose to use it and thought that Aries Spears's commentary about it was pretty hilarious, so I posted a clip of VH1's segment on YouTube so that I could put it on my blog. This morning I got an e-mail from YouTube saying that the video has been pulled because Viacom is claiming that I'm violating its copyright. Viacom used my video without permission on their commercial television show, and now says that I am infringing on THEIR copyright for showing the clip of the work that Viacom made in violation of my own copyright! Talk about chutzpah! Needless to say, I would like to fight this: not for any kind of monetary compensation, but just for the right to employ my own self-created material per Fair Use."
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Submission + - Korea, Vietnam and Iraq: Bush's View of History (populistamerica.com)

populist writes: "While re-writing the past and predicting the future, the bloody present escapes his notice. Mr. Bush says little about current conditions in Iraq: the daily deaths of Iraqi men, women and children, and U.S. soldiers; the suffering of refugees fleeing their homes to an unknown and uncertain future; the anguish of parents unable to provide water and food for their starving children because of his war. He chooses instead to resurrect again the once alluring but now stale idea that if a nation is not under the oppressive thumb of the U.S., it represents a threat to the American way of life."

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