Friday, November 18, 2011

Sens. Franken and Klobuchar are sponsors

Both Minnesota senators are sponsors of the Protect IP Act of 2011. Some of you will recall that Bradly Dean Smith -- who calls himself Bradlee Dean -- and his sidekick Jake Macaulay were able to take down audio files of themselves recorded by the authors of Dump Michele Bachmann, although the editing and publishing these clips was clearly fair use.

The Protect IP Act of 2011 would make the censoring of fair use content even easier. Here's a video from Vimeo, the video service that I use, explaining a little about the act.

Fair use is critical to the First Amendment for news reporting, commentary, and parody. Both of our senators have some explaining to do in supporting this further erosion of the guarantees of free speech at the behest of Hollywood special interests. You should go to the first link above and see who's supporting the bill, and as they say, "Follow the money."

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