The Truthiness About George W. Bush

danny staple danny at
Thu May 4 14:42:49 BST 2006

On 04/05/06, James Davis <jamesd at> wrote:
> james at wrote:
> > It would seem that the obvious response is to remove their logo -- very easy
> > with any sort of manual editing -- just black out that corner, and then
> > watch the video to remove anywhere else it shows up (which happens rarely,
> > or at least did the last time I watched it).
> >
> > Reading that article, I don't think they have a leg to stand on if you do
> > that, at least for the majority of the time when they're just broadcasting
> > speaches people make anyway from fixed camera positions.
> I believe that WIPO debated this issue last year with a view to
> introducing legislation that gave broadcasters (including webcasters)
> rights over their broadcasts that didn't exist before.
> I'm not intimately familiar with the issue but as it was explained to me
> under the proposed legislation; if the BBC made a broadcast of a speech
> by Tony Blair and it was arranged that the BBC's broadcast was
> effectively the only record of the speech then his words would have
> effectively been removed from the public domain.
> James

Now I am not sure, but this seems a very contradictory stance. Given
that media, and broadcasters have campaigned for so long for the right
to freedom of speech, and the right to broadcast stuff like this
without having to fear censorship (which I do think is fair enough), I
think it is a bit cheeky.

Danny Staple
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