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Inglewood tries to silence a critic with a copyright lawsuit
Inglewood tries to silence a critic with a copyright lawsuit

You might think that a recording of a city council meeting would be a public record owned by, you know, the public. The Inglewood City Council begs to differ. The council is suing an Inglewood resident, Joseph Teixeira, and 10 unidentified cohorts for publishing six videos on YouTube that use snippets of recordings from council meetings without the city's permission. The lawsuit alleges that Teixeira -- whose videos sharply criticize Mayor James T. Butts Jr. -- violated the copyrights the city holds to the recordings, and it demands that he pay the city damages, cover its attorney fees and never violate the city's copyrights again. The city's claim is more than a...

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