Presidential Debates...

Gary Handman (
Tue, 27 Feb 2001 14:28:56 -0800 (PST)'s the word from browning re presidential stuff. I'm not

Gary Handman
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Moffitt Library
UC Berkeley, CA 94720-6000

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---------- Forwarded message ----------
Date: Tue, 27 Feb 2001 17:02:46 -0500
From: Robert X Browning <>
To: Gary Handman <>
Subject: RE: Can you help us with this question, Robert?

no, these are owned by those who own the rights to the recording
the Kennedy-Nixon debates for example are by one of the Networks that
produced them

each network has copies of modern appearances, but each asserts copyright
over the recording that they make
further many of these are protected under trademark law: NBC logo

so rights must be secured

Robert X Browning
Director, C-SPAN Archives
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PO Box 2909
West Lafayette, IN 47906

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-----Original Message-----
From: Gary Handman []
Sent: Tuesday, February 27, 2001 1:32 PM
Subject: Can you help us with this question, Robert?

Hi Robert,

The question below has come up on a listserv that I moderate. It's my
understanding that presidental speeches and debates are in the PD and may
be used in the manner required by the faculty member cited below. Can you
enlighten us?

Thanks much,

Gary Handman
>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