What Cops Understand About Copyright Filters: They Prevent Legal Speech

Source: Electronic Frontier Foundation
by Katharine Trendacosta

“‘You can record all you want. I just know it can’t be posted to YouTube,’ said an Alameda County sheriff’s deputy to an activist. ‘I am playing my music so that you can’t post on YouTube.’ The tactic didn’t work — the video of his statement can in fact, as of this writing, be viewed on YouTube. But it’s still a shocking attempt to thwart activists’ First Amendment right to record the police — and a practical demonstration that cops understand what too many policymakers do not: copyright can offer an easy way to shut down lawful expression.” (07/16/21)