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Is C-SPAN video copyrighted? Or public domain?

It seems that there's quite a discussion underway about whether C-SPAN coverage of House and Senate floor proceedings are copyrighted and owned by C-SPAN, or whether they are part of the public domain.

After all, it is an official proceeding of our government... and the cameras are owned by the government...

It all comes up because Speaker Nancy Pelosi is using the video on her new blog.

Matt Stoller has good coverage over at MyDD.