C-SPAN did a good thing!

I saw this mentioned on boingboing today:

C-SPAN is introducing a liberalized copyright policy for current, future, and past coverage of any official events sponsored by Congress and any federal agency– about half of all programming offered on the C-SPAN television networks–which will allow non-commercial copying, sharing, and posting of C-SPAN video on the Internet, with attribution.

“Giving voice to the average citizen has been a centerpiece of C-SPAN’s journalism since our network’s founding in 1979,” said, Rob Kennedy, C-SPAN president and co-COO. “As technology advances, we want to continue to be a leader in providing citizens with the tools to be active participants in the democratic process.”

Link to the full press release here:
http://www.c-span.org/about/press/release.asp?code=video

Hooray! Hooray for C-SPAN and their intelligent decision to treat us like citizens, not criminals!

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