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Saturday, May 05, 2007

Presidential Debate Video Footage Should Be Part of the Public Domain

Today, it is illegal to show clips of presidential debates on YouTube or online destinations. That's because television networks have exclusive rights to the video - which is completely ridiculous. Since candidates for president are seeking a public office, why is footage of major campaign activities such as debates not be freely available as part of the public domain?

I believe this is a reasonable expectation, which is why I support this letter to the Democratic and Republican National Committees urging them to put the debates into the public domain.

Politics and technology collide all the time because they both have one thing in common: they thrive on information.

Access to information is of the utmost importance to all of us - technologists, political activists, but especially voters. It is unacceptable that footage of debates is being locked in the dungeon of corporate media.

To make your voice heard, call the Democratic National Committee (202-863-8000) and Republican National Committee (202-863-8500) to express support for this proposal. We also encourage you to ask local candidates about their position on this issue, and broader issues about copyright law and media ownership.

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