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Monopoly corrupts. Absolute monopoly corrupts absolutely.

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Copyright strikes again.

HBO got the exclusive right to broadcast Sunday's inaugural concert link here. They are now firing off take-down notices against YouTube posts of clips of the concert, even privately filmed ones--and making them stick. No question of fair use or who made the video.

Where is the outrage?


Writing under the title, Owning History, Daniel McCartney adds detail on this story link here.

Josh Marshall also picks up on the story, adding a detail--HBO's exclusive right is only for six months link here.

Posting snippets should be allowed under fair use as should independently recorded videos which acquire their own copyright. HBO owns the copyright on its video but not that of other recordings. This was a public event.

The abuse of people's rights to record their own videos and post them goes on. And YouTube and its "do-no-evil" owner, Google, continues to do the reverse. It has the wealth and the clout to contest this illegal extension of copyright. .

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