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ABC's Charles Gibson interviews Gov. Sarah Palin

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In advance of its "ABC News Exclusive" interviews with Sarah Palin, the network distributed a detailed memo outlining what, where, when and how excepts from the interview could be used. (The full memo is included in the jump.)

This directive seems to have been ignored in wide quarters.

Certainly that's the case for Google, which owns Youtube. The video site is replete with copies of the interviews.

Politico seems to have violated a number of the provisions of the "agreement" in this piece.

And one could argue that NPR, by featuring a photo, and posting a radio story on our Web site that contains interview excerpts, also transgressed.

Are news organizations - who ought to know that this genie has long been out of the bottle - just wasting their time with these sort of restrictions? What do you think? Is this copyright violation? Are we all pirates? Or should this sort of information be allowed to flow freely?

Here's the full text of the ABC Palin interview memo:

TO: NEWS DESKS & NON-ABC NEWS AFFILIATES

RE: ABC NEWS' INTERVIEW WITH GOVERNOR SARAH PALIN TO AIR THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 11 & FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 12

ABC News' Charles Gibson will interview Governor Sarah Palin, the Republican Vice Presidential candidate, on Thursday, September 11 and Friday, September 12 in Alaska. Excerpts of the interviews will begin airing on Thursday's "World News with Charles Gibson," followed by "Nightline" that evening. Additional portions will air Friday on "Good Morning America," "World News," and "20/20."

1. Beginning at 10:00 p.m., ET on Thursday, September 11 (following the West Coast broadcast of "World News") no more than ONE MINUTE (1:00) of actualities of the interview may be incorporated in your regularly scheduled network and cable news programs. You may only use interview clips where Charles Gibson and/or Governor Sarah Palin are on screen. No b-roll footage from the program or photos may be used. The excerpts may be used through 11:59 p.m., ET on Sunday, September 14.

2. After the first airing on "World News," excerpts will air on Thursday's "Nightline" and then on Friday's "Good Morning America," "World News," and "20/20." From 10:00 p.m., ET on Thursday September 11 through 2 a.m., ET on Saturday, September 13 (following the West Coast broadcast of "20/20"), you may use up to ONE MINUTE (1:00) in aggregate from any of the ABC News programs that air the interview. You may only use interview clips where Charles Gibson and/or Governor Sarah Palin are on screen. No b-roll footage from the programs or photos may be used. The excerpts may be used through 11:59 p.m., ET on Sunday, September 14.

3. At 2:00 a.m., ET on Saturday, September 13 following the West Coast broadcast of "20/20," you may use up to TWO MINUTES (2:00) in aggregate from any of the ABC News programs that aired the interview. Actualities of the interview may be incorporated in your regularly scheduled network and cable news programs through 11:59 p.m., ET on Sunday, September 14. You may only use interview clips where Charles Gibson and/or Governor Sarah Palin are on screen. No b-roll footage from the program or photos may be used.

4. Should you wish to use actualities of the interview beyond 11:59 p.m., ET on Sunday, September 14, you must contact ABC News' Rights and Clearances department.

5. The on-screen "ABC News Exclusive" credit must not be obscured during the entire excerpt you broadcast. The excerpt must be introduced with an audio credit "In an exclusive interview with ABC's Charles Gibson..."

6. You may not provide and must advise your affiliates and any other entities to which you provide material for broadcast that they do not have permission to incorporate any excerpts of your reports in their locally originated programming, but they may compile their own reports pursuant to the usage rules.

7. With regard to any possible excerpting by your network of the interview, please note that we expressly forbid the use of logos over any of the above footage. If it is not possible for you to excerpt the program without showing a logo, then there may be no excerpting.

8. No part of the interview may be used on the Internet or other online service or interactive multimedia transmission, or archived for future use.

ABC News reserves all of its rights and remedies in the event of any violation of its rights.

Sincerely,

ABC News

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Oh no, the transcript of the interview is on my hard drive, should I be expecting the ABC police at my door any minute now?
A week ago Elisabeth Hasselbeck publicly criticized Michele Obama for having a list of topics she didn't want to discuss on the view and accused her of having something to hide. I sure hope Ms. Hasselbeck is eating her words now, because the VP candidate she supports is hiding from the entire media AND the American people and all of us know perfectly well that the McCain campaign is trying to conceal the very obvious fact that she is not qualified for the position. I guess Obama camp won't have the opportunity to use any of the interview sound bites in their ads--unlike McCain who used sound bites from Biden's and Clinton's campaign speeches to disparage Obama--- too bad , there was so much good material in the interview they could have used to their advantage.
I find Mr. McCain's recent deceptive attack ads vile and dishonorable. Whenever he's confronted by someone on the issue his says " this is a tough business", first of all I thought he was running for public office not for the CEO of a business. Secondly, it doesn't seem very tough nor fair game when you sucker punch your opponent, seems more like the behavior of a desperate bully to me. The driver of the straight talk express has taken a crooked path but that doesn't mean the media has to ride along. Do your job, keep us informed.

Sent by Ali Harrod | 10:32 PM | 9-13-2008

Who would know what to make of it, sounds like corporate speak to me...maybe the pie charts not so good. Anyway, less we forget this is the same network that brought us the fair and balanced Clinton Obama debate. The one where Charlie gives Clinton a free pass while George Stephanopolous works feverishly setting bear traps for Obama at every turn.

I think that sums it up...

Sent by george | 8:35 AM | 9-14-2008

Heaven forbid people see the entire interview with context and make up their own minds based on unfiltered information. Pathetic.

Sent by Leigh Cutler | 10:33 AM | 9-15-2008

Well, Well, Well, Miss Hasselbeck from the View was wrong about her candidate not having anything to hide. I also think that this is pathetic that it is not seen in full with context.

Sent by mary | 1:44 PM | 9-15-2008