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Monday, February 2, 2015

House bill seals its audio/video record for campaign, commercial use

Posted By on Mon, Feb 2, 2015 at 7:19 AM

OFF LIMITS: House bill prevents use of video archives in campaign commercials and in commercial use.
  • OFF LIMITS: House bill prevents use of video archives in campaign commercials and in commercial use.

I notice in looking at the appropriation for House staff this special language:

AUDIO/VISUAL POLICY. The appropriations provided herein to produce audio or 11 video materials by or under the direction of the House of Representatives shall not be used for the following: 

(a) A person may not use audio or video materials produced by or under the direction of the House of Representatives in political or campaign advertising. 

(b) A person may not use audio or video materials produced by or under the direction of the House of Representatives for a commercial purpose.

(1) In this section, "commercial purpose" means a purpose that is intended to result in a profit or other tangible benefit. 

(c) The House Management Committee may give permission to an entity to use the audio or video materials for public education governmental broadcast which shall not conflict with subsection

This may be long-standing policy. But …. Can they do that? Prohibit public use of publicly financed records of public proceedings?

Use House video in a political context?  I'm reminded of a clip once used against a current presidential candidate, when pleading with the legislature for a tax increase.


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