Does The Government Need A Creative Commons Lesson?

[This item was originally posted to The Media Drop]

There’s a good post at Techdirt which talks about a recent attempt by the Bush-Cheney ’04 campaign to use a cut from this past Sunday’s interview on NBC’s Meet the Press program where Tim Russert spoke with the President for the full hour.

According to the referenced article, the campaign sent out an email to people on their mailing list with a link to a brief video clip online that came from NBC’s footage, but had “music” and “other images, graphics and footage unrelated to the interview.” After NBC “objected to use of its footage in the promotion”, the campaign team took down the video file, and have said they would be releasing a new clip sometime soon.

The campaign states that is has the right to use the video for their needs, but if you take a quick glance at this comic strip over at Creative Commons, it gives a quick sketch on how this might work, and clearly states in the first set of panels that the interview, as created by NBC’s cameras, are “automatically protected by full copyright”… And since what was ultimately created was obviously a derivative work, and not just replaying the video for the sake of replaying it, it would have been a good idea to ask before creating something for the campaign’s benefit.

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