CCIA Starts Online Petition Defending Fair Use

The CCIA, an industry trade group representing the interests of the likes of Google and Microsoft, asked us to let you know they’ve started an online petition at

The site is fairly entertaining and contains the sentence:

“Try as it might, the NFL does not have complete control over

any pictures, descriptions, or “accounts” of football games. Despite what they tell you, your “account”

of the game over the workplace watercooler is not a felony.”

Deadspin will be so relieved.

The site also contains the full FTC complaint, which we plan on reading later over tea and cookies.

Defend Fair Use
(Photo:Paul Keleher)


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  1. rmz says:

    Oh boy, and ONLINE PETITION?

    Now we’re really getting somewhere.

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  3. 7livesleft says:

    I’m going to start an online petition to ban online petitions…nobody sign it.

  4. kenposan says:

    people still watch pro sports? but good to see the NFL is following in the footsteps of the RIAA and MPAA in pissing off their customers.

  5. radiofree says:

    Those poor souls at Microsoft and Google. Let’s put on a bake sale to raise money so they can take a bus to Washington DC and meet with their congressman or something.

    I know, I know … it’s a serious issue and the EFT can’t do it alone.

  6. Geekybiker says:

    Wow. MS is actually doing something nice for once. Im shocked!

  7. ivieso says:

    All I know is I wanna kick RIAA in the nuts.

  8. 7livesleft says:

    @ivieso: They don’t have any nuts, that’s why they hire lawyers.

  9. Optimistic Prime says:

    What’s funny is that they way the warnings are written, you can’t use them as a source in an educational paper. “I’m sorry professor, but due to copyright law I cannot at this time cite any of my sources, or risk fine or imprisonment.”

  10. Charles Duffy says:

    @Optimistic Prime: Sure you can — it would clearly be fair use.