C-SPAN Announces Copyright Policy Liberalization

by Sabrina I. Pacifici on March 7, 2007

Press release: “Advancing its longstanding mission of bringing government closer to the people, C-SPAN announced today two major initiatives designed to greatly expand citizen access to its online video of federal government activities, such as congressional hearings, agency briefings, and White House events…[thanks to Peggy Garvin]

  • C-SPAN is introducing a liberalized copyright policy for current, future, and past coverage of any official events sponsored by Congress and any federal agency– about half of all programming offered on the C-SPAN television networks–which will allow non-commercial copying, sharing, and posting of C-SPAN video on the Internet, with attribution.
  • In addition, C-SPAN also announced plans to significantly build out its capitolhearings.org website as a one-stop resource for Congressionally-produced webcasts of House and Senate committee and subcommittee hearings.”
  • From Speaker Pelosi’s blog: “As a strong advocate for open and transparent government, I am pleased that C-SPAN is expanding access with “Creative Commons” licensing to its extensive video coverage of federal government activities. The House of Representatives is called the People’s House for a reason and as Speaker, I am committed to ensuring our government is fully accessible and transparent. This decision, along with our work to webcast committee hearings, is a solid start.”
  • AP: C-SPAN Alters Copyright Over Pelosi Flap
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