An interesting piece from Talk Business, The Tolbert Report, Blue Hog Report and The City Wire discusses various First Amendment issues with a new policy taken up by the Legislature to limit the use of audio and visual recordings.
If you’ll recall, live streaming committee meetings caused a big controversy in the House with several representatives worried that only streaming certain rooms (and thus meetings) would provide an unbalanced view. The solution: Stream them all.
However, a new policy covers their butts by making it illegal (with possible criminal charges in the future) to use audio and visual content for commercial, and more importantly, partisan campaigning purposes.
“Website content shall not be used for any political, partisan, campaign or commercial purpose. ‘Commercial purpose’ in the context of this policy document shall mean a purpose that is intended to result in a profit or other tangible benefit.”
“Political, partisan, campaign…” Sort of comes with the territory, doesn’t it guys?
On the other hand, commendations to those publicly speaking against the policy due to First Amendment concerns.