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July 14, 2004
Bush Backs Fair Use
CNN:"The Bush campaign is demanding that the Kerry-Edwards campaign release video of a fundraising event in New York; apparently several celebrities in attendance made off-color anti-Bush jokes on camera. Kerry's camp is refusing, citing the possibility that distributing the footage might constitute a violation of copyright law.
"[Bush campaign manager Ken] Mehlman pledged that the president's campaign would not use the footage. He also said that rules allowing 'fair use' of newsworthy copyrighted material would allow its release for use by the media."
Hrmm...the President seems to have changed his mind about fair use since the days when his budding campaign sent a cease-and-desist letter to the satirical website GWBush.com, memorably argung that "there ought to be limits to freedom."
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