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By Jay Dedman | Jay Dedman <jay@...> |
September 16, 2004 | Post #1205 | Topic #1205

http://www.torrentocracy.com/blog/archives/2004/09/ Shannon sent this link to me. has a lot to do about copyright and fair use. The "outfoxed" raw interviews are available for download so anyone can reedit them for their own work. ("outfoxed" is a movie that uses FOX news clips to show that the network is very bias in favor of the Bush administration.) It brought up a big question: can the fimmaker, R.Greenwald, use these clips without Fox's permission? Greenwald, pleading fair Use, had some big guns behind him and was ready for a fight. Fox threatened to sue but then backed down. Now the filmmaker is releasing his interviews under a creative commons license. ______________________ Torrentocracy (along with archive.org) has exclusive initial access to distribute these interviews in their digital form due to the work undertaken to promote a TV-connected, public domain, internet based media distribution network. It is plainly obvious that this is quite a development not only for the furtherance of media projects that promote sharing and openness, but also as a validation of the legitimate use of peer-to-peer distribution (Induce Act, anyone?). With projects like Torrentocracy enabling any blog to become its own "TV channel" through use of bit torrent, perhaps we can begin to re- enable a plurality of media voices as Outfoxed calls upon us to do. Score this development right alongside MGM v. Grokster. Indeed, we are "dealing with something new." -- Jay Dedman Manhattan Neighborhood Network 537 West 59th NY NY 10019 212 757 2670 ext.312 http://www.mnn.org