C-SPAN opens up

Just the other day I complained that C-SPAN was exercising its copyright strictly on video of our own government’s actions. Today, Broadcasting & Cable reports that they’re loosening up:

C-SPAN said Wednesday it would allow “non-commercial copying, sharing and posting of C-SPAN video on the Internet, with attribution,” of its past and future coverage of “official events sponsored by Congress and any federal agency,” applying what it calls an approach similar to the “Creative Commons” approach to copyright. . . .

There is no limit to the amount of material that can be used, though it must be for generally noncommercial purposes. YouTube has ads, for example, but the footage can be posted on the site with credit. “As long as there is not a direct connection between revenue on the site and the C-SPAN content,” says Rob Kennedy, C-SPAN president/co-COO.

The liberalized policy extends to “all congressional hearings and press briefings, federal agency hearings, and presidential events at the White House.”

Thank you.