Politics and the Public Domain

Via Atrios: Lawrence Lessig is heading up a bipartisan effort to request that the RNC and DNC allow convention and debate footage to be placed in the public domain or under a Creative Commons license. Such a move would allow campaign footage to be placed on sites such as YouTube or Blip.tv without fear of legal repercussion. It would also allow more people to participate in the political process. Like Lessig, I’m sure that I won’t like all of this user-generated content (politically or aesthetically), but I think, or at least hope, that placing this footage in the public domain will make for a more invigorating and inclusive debate.

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