I’m going to break my “No AP feed” rule to make a point, here.


SAN FRANCISCO (AP) –A federal judge has dismissed a lawsuit filed by conservative radio talk show host Michael Savage against an Islamic civil rights group over its use of a portion of his show in which he called the Quran a “book of hate.”

Savage sued the Council on American-Islamic Relations, or CAIR, for copyright infringement and racketeering lawsuit late last year, claiming the group violated his rights by using a segment of his “Savage Nation” show in a letter-writing campaign to get advertisers to boycott the program. In the broadcast used by CAIR, Savage also called the Muslim holy book “a throwback document.”

In her ruling Friday, U.S. District Judge Susan Illston said people who listen to a public broadcast are entitled to use excerpts for purposes of comment and criticism.

Bolding is my own. 

Now, leaving by the side of the road the legitimacy of Savage’s claim… (and I happen to think in light of the absense of the allowence of ‘fair use”, Savage has a case) … and leaving aside that on that basis, the ruling appears to be yet more CAIR butt kissing on the part of the Judiciary… How ironic that the topc of fair use should show up in an AP fed article, and how interesting that the ruling comes up opposite what AP would have wanted, were THEY involved with the case in a more direct fashion. 

I would fully expect Savage to appeal. If he does, and still loses,  we Bloggers may at least end up with a more contrite AP.  Either way this ruling and AP’s position on ‘Fair Use” would seem to be at odds with each other. Then again, we end up with a stronger CAIR, and I”m not sure that’s a trade I’d find to my liking.

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