C-SPAN Statement Regarding Colbert Video
Since shortly after the event, C-SPAN made its coverage of Stephen Colbert's performance, along with President Bush's presentation and the entire White House Correspondents' Dinner, available for viewing free via its Web site
These videos join C-SPAN's extensive collection of archived programming already available free online.
In response to the significant interest in this event, C-SPAN also entered into a non-exclusive arrangement with Google Video in order to increase the Colbert event's free availability. We worked with Google because they agreed to post both dinner segments in their entirety with links to c-span.org.
We asked Web sites to remove the Colbert video when they posted it without our permission and we will continue to do the same with other Web sites who violate our copyright. It is important for online video providers to understand that C-SPAN-produced programming is protected by copyright in the same way that the video of any other news network is protected. Our goal in enforcing our copyright has been and continues to be to ensure that C-SPAN's reputation for unbiased coverage of the political process is maintained.As a service, DVD copies of all C-SPAN programs are also available at a nominal price. DVD's are produced essentially at cost. This service is not a major revenue source for our non-profit network.
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