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4/20/2009

Another Copyright Lawyer Weighs in on the CNN Copyright Thuggery

Filed under: General — Patterico @ 6:41 am



Copyright lawyer Ron Coleman on CNN’s copyright thuggery:

It is a kind of censorship, I think we can say by now, to cynically use the copyright laws to shut down embarrassing publication of obviously non-infringing works. It’s particularly ugly when media outlets do it, though.

Via Instapundit.

If you weren’t reading this weekend, be sure to check out my post on the issue. Also, see the follow-up about Susan Roesgen and the “Jena 6″ story.

7 Responses to “Another Copyright Lawyer Weighs in on the CNN Copyright Thuggery”

  1. At first i thought the first gentleman Roesgen interviewed who kept to his line..”he’s a fascist” was a wierdo. But now I’ve realized his technique of refusing to debate her or explain his reasoning was an excellent tactic! She was so frustrated that she went over and verbally attacked the Daddy with child in his arms. Bad move, Susan, you really showed yourself.

    Phoebe (2d8fa0)

  2. Did anyone actually file a DMCA counternotice thingy yet? Someone probably should since this one is so clear cut. I’d do it but it’s probably better that a lawyer do it.

    j curtis (2aac9d)

  3. Let me know if you want help with this, either from my office or together with the Media Bloggers Association (which I’m the lawyer for).

    Ron Coleman (a794f2)

  4. Greetings:

    Just like there’s no “crying in baseball,” there’s no malpractice in journalism.

    11B40 (d99e0e)

  5. I thought that ASPCA declared this to be case closed end of story.

    JD (d71a7a)

  6. Ah, the joys of litigation and frivolous lawsuits, pressed and hung out to dry. Lawyers smell money here. Publicity, too. Take’em to court.

    DCSCA (9d1bb3)

  7. To “j curtis” #2:

    Did anyone actually file a DMCA counternotice thingy yet? Someone probably should since this one is so clear cut. I’d do it but it’s probably better that a lawyer do it.

    You cannot just file a counternotice, even if you believe CNN’s takedown notice was improper. Under the DMCA, only the “subscriber” (i.e., whoever posted the video), in this case Founding Bloggers, can file the counternotice. See 17 U.S.C. § 512(g)(3). The “subscriber” can have a lawyer file the counternotice for him.

    Ben Sheffner (2d68f4)


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