Comments on: A call on the RNC & DNC to eliminate unnecessary regulation of political speech http://www.lessig.org/2007/04/a-call-on-the-rnc-dnc-to-elimi/ Blog, news, books Mon, 06 Feb 2017 12:39:00 +0000 hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.8.2 By: Geroge Penman http://www.lessig.org/2007/04/a-call-on-the-rnc-dnc-to-elimi/#comment-15347 Thu, 24 Apr 2008 08:22:08 +0000 http://lessig.org/blog/2007/04/a_call_on_the_rnc_dnc_to_elimi.html#comment-15347 We have been foolish to allow so much privatization.

Privatized Vote counting by partisans results in rigged elections. http://www.seconnecticut.com/elections.htm
voting machiines need to be open source and standardized.

Corporate media has resulted in advertising spam, trivia, distraction, silly news, and a dysfunctional political process. Right wing hate speech has brought us endless war, a new arms race, and a move toward nuclear weapons. http://www.seconnecticut.com/media.htm

Republicans are a curse on the US.
http://www.seconnecticut.com/explanation.htm

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By: gravel kucinich paul nader http://www.lessig.org/2007/04/a-call-on-the-rnc-dnc-to-elimi/#comment-15346 Fri, 30 Nov 2007 17:19:44 +0000 http://lessig.org/blog/2007/04/a_call_on_the_rnc_dnc_to_elimi.html#comment-15346 HDNet Dec 1 DNC debate (Sat 7:30pm ET)
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gravel kucinich paul nader

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By: Victoria http://www.lessig.org/2007/04/a-call-on-the-rnc-dnc-to-elimi/#comment-15345 Tue, 05 Jun 2007 12:58:20 +0000 http://lessig.org/blog/2007/04/a_call_on_the_rnc_dnc_to_elimi.html#comment-15345 Unfortunately, I missed the debates on TV, and so far all I Have been able to hear are the sound bites, hence I would really like to be able to hear the entire debate in full.

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By: Pamela Johnston http://www.lessig.org/2007/04/a-call-on-the-rnc-dnc-to-elimi/#comment-15344 Thu, 03 May 2007 19:01:54 +0000 http://lessig.org/blog/2007/04/a_call_on_the_rnc_dnc_to_elimi.html#comment-15344 I totally support this issue. We need to have more PUBLIC in the PUBLIC DOMAIN – not just mega-corporations hogging the airwaves, and not allowing PUBLIC discourse on these all-important issues. POWER TO THE PEOPLE!

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By: vaspers the grate http://www.lessig.org/2007/04/a-call-on-the-rnc-dnc-to-elimi/#comment-15343 Tue, 01 May 2007 13:54:09 +0000 http://lessig.org/blog/2007/04/a_call_on_the_rnc_dnc_to_elimi.html#comment-15343 I agree with you totally.

this is why we must destroy the MSM now.

I twittered the Jeff Jarvis post on this topic. Put my name down as supporting this issue:

steven e. streight aka vaspers the grate
Peoria, IL web usability analyst
http://www.vaspersthegrate.blogspot.com

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By: Tim Lee http://www.lessig.org/2007/04/a-call-on-the-rnc-dnc-to-elimi/#comment-15342 Fri, 27 Apr 2007 22:34:17 +0000 http://lessig.org/blog/2007/04/a_call_on_the_rnc_dnc_to_elimi.html#comment-15342 An an excellent idea. I support it.

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By: Laula Fritz http://www.lessig.org/2007/04/a-call-on-the-rnc-dnc-to-elimi/#comment-15341 Fri, 27 Apr 2007 19:02:03 +0000 http://lessig.org/blog/2007/04/a_call_on_the_rnc_dnc_to_elimi.html#comment-15341 to post the debates on YouTube is a fantastic idea. I don’t have a TV and I missed watching the debates yesterday, so I thought actually I might check out YouTube, maybe I can find them there . . . so I am thrilled, please make this possible. It is so important, that everyone has access to these kind of informations.

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By: MICHAEL CASSARO http://www.lessig.org/2007/04/a-call-on-the-rnc-dnc-to-elimi/#comment-15340 Fri, 27 Apr 2007 15:16:43 +0000 http://lessig.org/blog/2007/04/a_call_on_the_rnc_dnc_to_elimi.html#comment-15340 THE CONCEPT OF PLACING ON YOU-TUBE THE MEANINGFUL COMMENTS ON SIGNIFICANT TOPICS MADE BY CANDIDATES FOR PRESIDENT IS HIGHLY INFORMATIVE AND BENEFITIAL IN HELPING TO LEARN ABOUT CANDIDATES. THE USE OF TRADITIONAL TV AND NEWS MEDIA TO GAIN INFORMATION ABOUT CANDIDATES IS INADEQUATE.

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By: Matthew Rimmer http://www.lessig.org/2007/04/a-call-on-the-rnc-dnc-to-elimi/#comment-15339 Fri, 27 Apr 2007 05:01:50 +0000 http://lessig.org/blog/2007/04/a_call_on_the_rnc_dnc_to_elimi.html#comment-15339 The prodigious copyright lobbyist, Jack Valenti, has died:
http://www.abc.net.au/news/newsitems/200704/s1908451.htm

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By: TLB http://www.lessig.org/2007/04/a-call-on-the-rnc-dnc-to-elimi/#comment-15338 Thu, 26 Apr 2007 18:56:14 +0000 http://lessig.org/blog/2007/04/a_call_on_the_rnc_dnc_to_elimi.html#comment-15338 Fine. Now that that petition is out of the way, how about a petition demanding that those running debates feature tough, non-puffball, non-smear, specific questions about statements and actions?

For instance, I cover immigration matters quite closely, and “reporters” consistently allow politicians to lie about that topic rather than challenging their statements. And, during the 2004 debates there was just *one* question about immigration, which was answered with Bush’s/Kerry’s stock talking points.

The much bigger threat to our political system is that there are some topics where “reporters” and almost all politicians are aligned, no matter what the rest of the country thinks.

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By: David desJardins http://www.lessig.org/2007/04/a-call-on-the-rnc-dnc-to-elimi/#comment-15337 Thu, 26 Apr 2007 18:02:46 +0000 http://lessig.org/blog/2007/04/a_call_on_the_rnc_dnc_to_elimi.html#comment-15337 I don’t believe this “strengthens copyright”, at all. What would strengthen copyright is to use and protect our free speech rights, including fair use. Asking for permission for something that should require no permission is not even helpful.

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By: OBQuiet http://www.lessig.org/2007/04/a-call-on-the-rnc-dnc-to-elimi/#comment-15336 Thu, 26 Apr 2007 16:51:54 +0000 http://lessig.org/blog/2007/04/a_call_on_the_rnc_dnc_to_elimi.html#comment-15336 While I agree, I think, with the intent of these letters, I do have some concerns. Allowing unrestricted editing may well allow footage of the debates to be used to create wholly inaccurate presentations of the candidates positions.

Its bad enough that we are subjected to a barrage of media sound bytes, must we allow the selective editing of what should be complex communication? Just snip out a word here and there and instant message change.

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By: L. Steven Beene II http://www.lessig.org/2007/04/a-call-on-the-rnc-dnc-to-elimi/#comment-15335 Thu, 26 Apr 2007 15:51:03 +0000 http://lessig.org/blog/2007/04/a_call_on_the_rnc_dnc_to_elimi.html#comment-15335 A free and open debate that explores the issues is vital for the continuation of our republic.

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By: lessig http://www.lessig.org/2007/04/a-call-on-the-rnc-dnc-to-elimi/#comment-15334 Thu, 26 Apr 2007 06:38:42 +0000 http://lessig.org/blog/2007/04/a_call_on_the_rnc_dnc_to_elimi.html#comment-15334 Nicely put, Mr. Freiman.

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By: Bruce Long http://www.lessig.org/2007/04/a-call-on-the-rnc-dnc-to-elimi/#comment-15333 Thu, 26 Apr 2007 05:06:08 +0000 http://lessig.org/blog/2007/04/a_call_on_the_rnc_dnc_to_elimi.html#comment-15333 Sharing/freeing political speech would be a wonderful way to help Americans be more involved in the important politics of these times.

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By: Daniel Freiman http://www.lessig.org/2007/04/a-call-on-the-rnc-dnc-to-elimi/#comment-15332 Wed, 25 Apr 2007 23:13:17 +0000 http://lessig.org/blog/2007/04/a_call_on_the_rnc_dnc_to_elimi.html#comment-15332 I can’t speak to the argument that networks already give up debate footage to the public domain, but people arguing that it is fair use are missing one crucial point. Just because something is legal doesn’t mean the behavior will go unimpeded. Sending a DMCA notice will most likely get any material, even material used under fair use, taken down for a time. Additionally, the threat of a lawsuit from a large corporation can be very intimidating even if they don’t have a case causing some individuals to relent. Just look at SLAPP suits or the RIAA litigation. Fair use is a legal defense, not a method to effectively protect your immediate right to free speech. It may be true that once the video is out there, it really can’t be completely taken down, but the point is to preemptively protect uninhibited political speech, not rely on the fact that partially inhibited speech will survive. I don’t see a letter being too much effort for this goal.

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By: TLB http://www.lessig.org/2007/04/a-call-on-the-rnc-dnc-to-elimi/#comment-15331 Wed, 25 Apr 2007 22:15:21 +0000 http://lessig.org/blog/2007/04/a_call_on_the_rnc_dnc_to_elimi.html#comment-15331 The length of the segments required to make a video commenting on a specific answer would almost assuredly be covered under fair use, so I don’t see an issue here either.

Lessig’s name and time would be better spent encouraging uncomfortable debate questions, particularly about negligently covered issues such as ImmigrationMatters. I don’t think Lessig would find as many signatories for such a petition, particularly since some of the names on both petitions above would oppose asking questions about topics that would reveal their side to be extremely lacking.

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By: Block http://www.lessig.org/2007/04/a-call-on-the-rnc-dnc-to-elimi/#comment-15330 Wed, 25 Apr 2007 22:11:55 +0000 http://lessig.org/blog/2007/04/a_call_on_the_rnc_dnc_to_elimi.html#comment-15330 I really like what you’re doing! Clearly, YouTube is revolutionizing the way we interact with candidates, formulate opinions and spread information. All in front of a shockingly large and interested constituency. Your work is vastly important. Thanks!
-Viralroots

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By: greyNOTgray http://www.lessig.org/2007/04/a-call-on-the-rnc-dnc-to-elimi/#comment-15329 Wed, 25 Apr 2007 19:44:29 +0000 http://lessig.org/blog/2007/04/a_call_on_the_rnc_dnc_to_elimi.html#comment-15329 Three petitions I’ve seen in the passed days: get Joe Lieberman to swictch parties, Get the Army to revoke Jessica Lynch’s Bronze Star…, and now this!?!

Of which the number of signatures collected remains unimportant. All the networks already have agreements to share. FoxNews pays licencing fees to al Jajeera already for borrowed footage. The upcoming debates will be available in the c-span archive, and everybody will have access. Not to mention the clips that’ll make their way to YouTube, all under the “Fair Use” license.

Your’re putting way too much effort into making a problem go away, when the problem simply doesn’t exist.

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By: Don Hesprich http://www.lessig.org/2007/04/a-call-on-the-rnc-dnc-to-elimi/#comment-15328 Wed, 25 Apr 2007 18:38:10 +0000 http://lessig.org/blog/2007/04/a_call_on_the_rnc_dnc_to_elimi.html#comment-15328 This has my full support….

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By: Rodney A Stanton http://www.lessig.org/2007/04/a-call-on-the-rnc-dnc-to-elimi/#comment-15327 Wed, 25 Apr 2007 18:37:42 +0000 http://lessig.org/blog/2007/04/a_call_on_the_rnc_dnc_to_elimi.html#comment-15327 Good luck!

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By: Andrew Wheeler http://www.lessig.org/2007/04/a-call-on-the-rnc-dnc-to-elimi/#comment-15326 Wed, 25 Apr 2007 18:35:09 +0000 http://lessig.org/blog/2007/04/a_call_on_the_rnc_dnc_to_elimi.html#comment-15326 I support this petition.

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By: Boyd Kneeland http://www.lessig.org/2007/04/a-call-on-the-rnc-dnc-to-elimi/#comment-15325 Wed, 25 Apr 2007 17:34:20 +0000 http://lessig.org/blog/2007/04/a_call_on_the_rnc_dnc_to_elimi.html#comment-15325 Political debates are done for the people, let’s let the people have them.

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By: Mike Moran http://www.lessig.org/2007/04/a-call-on-the-rnc-dnc-to-elimi/#comment-15324 Wed, 25 Apr 2007 17:08:12 +0000 http://lessig.org/blog/2007/04/a_call_on_the_rnc_dnc_to_elimi.html#comment-15324 I support this petition.

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By: David Weinberger http://www.lessig.org/2007/04/a-call-on-the-rnc-dnc-to-elimi/#comment-15323 Wed, 25 Apr 2007 17:07:31 +0000 http://lessig.org/blog/2007/04/a_call_on_the_rnc_dnc_to_elimi.html#comment-15323 Our democracy will be made just a little better if we’re allowed to absorb and reuse what our candidates say in the debates. And it’ll be just a little worse if we are not. That’s why I enthusiastically support these petitions.

David Weinberger
Fellow, Harvard Berkman Center for Internet & Society

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