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(Message started by: cooler on May 10th, 2005, 7:21pm)

Title: Politicians & Copyright
Post by cooler on May 10th, 2005, 7:21pm
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?

Title: Re: Politicians & Copyright
Post by JSonnabend on May 13th, 2005, 6:23am
"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.

Title: Re: Politicians & Copyright
Post by larkas on May 13th, 2005, 9:22pm
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.

Title: Re: Politicians & Copyright
Post by Isaac Clark on May 14th, 2005, 9:38pm
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.

Title: Re: Politicians & Copyright
Post by JSonnabend on May 19th, 2005, 7:08am

on 05/13/05 at 21:22:27, 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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