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Federal judge tosses Inglewood's novel effort to muzzle a gadfly

Federal judge tosses Inglewood's novel effort to muzzle a gadfly

A federal judge in Los Angeles has told the city of Inglewood in no uncertain terms that it can't try to silence a critic of Mayor James T. Butts Jr. by asserting copyrights over the official videos of City Council meetings. Should any other local governments or agencies be similarly tempted to claim copyrights over public records, U.S. District Judge Michael W. Fitzgerald's decision is a clear warning not to do so. California cities can't claim a copyright over their public meeting videos, Fitzgerald ruled Thursday, because the Legislature has severely limited the ability of local governments and other public entities to copyright the materials they create. And...

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