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Judge: Posting Shock Jock Clip to the Web is "Fair Use"

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July 29, 2008

Radio show host Michael Savage's copyright infringement claim against a Muslim rights group has been thrown out, with the judge ruling that the group acted well within the doctrine of fair use when it posted a clip from his show on its website. The case may be dead in the water for now, but likely won't remain there for long; Savage plans to amend his claims and continue going after what he describes as a terrorist group that is using his words for its own benefit.

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Further, he said that the group had caused him to lose $1 million in advertising revenue, and that it was using his words for its own fundraising purposes. CAIR responded to the suit with the help of the Electronic Frontier Foundation, merely saying that US copyright law allows for anyone to use clips of copyrighted material for criticism or commentary, and that Savage's complaint is "laced with falsities and xenophobic fantasies to punish and intimidate the Council for American-Islamic Relations."

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