this is a great publicity idea. And a sad testimony to the fear inspired by the content-industry-dominated legal scene. People, even US senators, are afraid to accept public domain and CC-licensed material? how is that freedom of speech?
In 2006, the Information Policy Action Committee (IPac) launched a campaign to educate lawmakers -- the people who make rules about the Internet and think it's made from a "series of tubes" -- about technology and copyright. To get their attention, we asked our supporters to help us buy video iPods for key Senators, which we then loaded with public domain and Creative Commons-licensed material. Despite the legality of the contribution, some Senators declined the iPod. One of those Senators was former presidential candidate John Kerry, who accepted $3,633,392 from the entertainment industry during his presidential campaign.
But if Senator Kerry doesn't want it, we know that somebody on the Internets does. So
IPAC is auctioning this little piece of copyright history, and we'll use the funds to push for balanced information policy in future elections.
whether Kerry didn't want to be associated with even the more mainstream CC activists like IPAC (boooo), or didn't understand that things in the public domain are, you know, PUBLIC, it's pretty silly that his campaign peoples sent it back.
someone oughta buy it with great fanfare for a chunk o cash that goes to a good cause!