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Sunday, April 19, 2009

CNN Claims Copyright On Video Not Theirs

Once in a while you have to jump on a bandwagon for a good cause. Those that have read this blog for a while now, know my opinion of CNN and their reporters. It is a liberal station, biased and have many nicknames including Communist News Network.

CNN reporter Susan Roesgen humiliated CNN on April 15 while supposedly covering the tax day tea parties by having a meltdown and showing herself as a liberal activist instead of a professional reporter there to do a job.

A portion of CNN's video coverage was uploaded to YouTube, short enough to be legal under the fair use law, but because it embarrassed the station, they claimed copyright and had it removed from YouTube.

Patterico's Pontification brings the story and encourages everyone to post the Founding Bloggers' version as well as to continue making copies and uploading it.

The latest culprit is CNN, a network that was recently embarrassed by a video of reporter Susan Roesgen cutting off tea-party protestors in Chicago, and assailing them with silly liberal talking points. The blog Founding Bloggers showed up on scene and caught her in further arguments with angry citizens who noted her biased coverage.

For now the video works.

From Patterico's Pontifications:

And if they take that one down, well, I happen to have my own copy sitting around here somewhere. I have posted it on YouTube as well.

They’ll probably take our copies down, too. If they do, I’ll look for other sites to upload it to, or perhaps try to embed it here on the blog. And I may take Ben Sheffner’s advice and file a DMCA counternotice. If CNN wants to sue me, we can make this a test case.

In the meantime, I encourage every reader with a YouTube account to upload this video to YouTube. I encourage every blogger reading this to embed this same video to your own site.

We have to stop these thugs from reading fair use out of the law whenever they’re embarrassed.

Others discussing this include Power Line, The Political Inquirer and Dean's World. (H/T Memeorandum)