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Politicians & Copyright
« on: May 10th, 2005, 7:21pm »
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Gentleman,
 
It is my understanding that political figures are exempt from copyright protection. I've done some checking & haven't been able to find any caselaw supporting either side of the argument.  
 
Am I correct & can you steer me in the right direction for corroboration?
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Re: Politicians & Copyright
« Reply #1 on: May 13th, 2005, 6:23am »
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"People" aren't protected by copyright in the first place, so I'm not sure what you're asking or to what you are referring.
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Re: Politicians & Copyright
« Reply #2 on: May 13th, 2005, 9:22pm »
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cooler is talking about the right to publicity, not copyright.
 
Rights to publicity are largely based on state law so it is hard to talk about generalities. However, normally there is a lesser right to publicity in political figures than other people over the fear that poltician's use of the right of publicity could restrict first ammendment rights.
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Re: Politicians & Copyright
« Reply #3 on: May 14th, 2005, 9:38pm »
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I thought the OP could have been asking about a number of
things.  It could have been a right of publicity question,
or he could have been asking about whether public office holders
could be sued for copying during their official duties, or maybe
his question could have been about whether the works of
government officials were protectable by copyright.
 
I didn't respond to the question because I couldn't
guess which of those things the OP was asking about.
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Re: Politicians & Copyright
« Reply #4 on: May 19th, 2005, 7:08am »
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on May 13th, 2005, 9:22pm, larkas wrote:
cooler is talking about the right to publicity, not copyright.

 
I agree with Isaac.  Malpractice may quickly follow advice given to a presumed question.
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