Re: Copyright question...a new one!

Gary Handman (
Tue, 27 Feb 2001 08:24:40 -0800 (PST)

Presidental speeches are in the pd...debates are probably also in the PD
(altho a legal stickler might point to the fact that any network commentary
insinuated into such debates makes the work something else again...)
Compilation tapes are also something else again (if someone has edited the
speeches, the edited version may very well stand as a unique--i.e.

gary handman

At 08:02 AM 02/27/2001 -0800, you wrote:
>Hi Videolibbers.
>I apologize in advance if this has already been addressed . I am wondering
>if any of you can tell me whether Presidential debates, speeches,
>addresses, etc. are considered to be in the Public Domain or are they
>I've just fielded an inquiry from a faculty member asking us to make a
>compilation tape of Nixon's Checkers speech, Kennedy/Nixon debates,
>Clinlton's "Lewinsky apology". etc., and I'm not sure if I need to pursue
>license to do so or not.
>Any ideas?
>Patricia O'Donnell , Manager
>OID-Instructional Media Library
>(310) 206-1248