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"For communication among alternative media producers, academics, artists, and activists." <[log in to unmask]>
Fri, 13 May 2011 11:53:35 -0700
Martha Wallner <[log in to unmask]>
To: "Becky Lentz, Dr." <[log in to unmask]>
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A copyright claim to "radical media" or "community radio" would NEVER hold
up under any reading of Copyright Act. These ideas were not originally
authored by anyone - they can be "trade names" and only for very specific
uses, trademarked - which doesn't exclude others from using the same words
and phrases.

Becky, keep me in the loop, Martha

> Folks, these kinds of things need more than the much needed/earnest
> protest
> letters of outrage; we need lawyers; thatıs why I sent links to Robin
> Grossıs website IP Justice...and EFF etc. There are several groups that
> might help. Please let me know offlist if you want to Œjoinı a specific
> campaign around some rights issues related to A2K...
> Best,
> B.
> --------
> Roberta G. (Becky) Lentz, PhD
> Assistant Professor
> Department of Art History and Communication Studies, McGill University
> 853 Sherbrooke Street West
> Arts Building, W-265
> Montreal, QC Canada H3A 2T6
> http://www.mcgill.ca/ahcs/faculty/lentz/
> (o) 514.398.4995
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> From: Jim Ellinger <[log in to unmask]>
> Reply-To: Jim Ellinger <[log in to unmask]>
> Date: Fri, 13 May 2011 12:52:34 -0400
> To: Our Media <[log in to unmask]>
> Subject: who 'owns' the term "community radio?"
>    I note that the term "community radio" is 'owned' by
>  KJIC-FM ("Jesus is Coming") a right wing, conservative
>  religious outfit in Alvin, TX, US. http://www.kjic.org/
> <http://www.kjic.org/>
>  from their website...
>  "Community Radio, Inc is a non-profit corporation in the state of Texas
> since 1978.
>  Board members are all zealous for the Lord Jesus and for this ministry.
> We
> are
>  also recognized by the IRS as a 501 c 3 charitable organization. This
> makes
> all
>  gifts to the ministry tax deductible.
>  We are licensed by the Federal Communications Commission to operate KJIC
>  as a non-commercial FM station.
>  We are Christians in our religious persuasion, not separated by
> denominational barriers.
>  We believe in the one God of the Holy Bible, manifest as the heavenly
> Father, Jesus,
>  and the Holy Spirit. We believe in salvation from the guilt and power of
> sin by God's favor,
>  through our faith, to enable us to do good works. We believe King Jesus
> will return to
>  bless the saints and judge the world."   [more...]
>  I am pleased to note that the non-sectarian Austin
>  Airwaves organization, a longtime true community
>  radio organization, beat out KJIC-FM for an application
>  for a new full power NCE station in the region.
>  We dream of negotiating the name away from them
>  and turning it over to a group such as the NFCB or/and
>  AMARC, for use by true community radio groups.
>  I have my signed copy of John Downing's 'Radical
>  Media' right here on the desk. He used to teach at
>  UT-Austin and I had the privilege of being a guest
>  lecturer at his graduate students class.
>  Own your language!
>  cheers,
>  jim
>  AA
>> Yes, it does seem quite ridiculous that the term could be co-opted in
>> this
>> manner. As suggested in the blog, we should be sure to at least write
>> the
>> people at the company to tell them of our concerns/outrage. Does anyone
>> have
>> other suggestions for action?
>>> I agree with this. John Downing's book Radical Media was published many
>>> years ago. susana
>>>> This is absolutely preposterous!
>>>> John Downing, if anyone, would have the right to do it, but of course
>>>> it is
>>>> against his and our principles. Let's ignore it and see how far they
>>>> will
>>>> get, they cannot stop or jail thousands of people.
>>>> Unfortunately we seem to be loosing ground to corporate interests. We
>>>> lost
>>>> the http://www.ourmedianet.org/ URL after loosing
>>>> http://www.ourmedia.org/
>>>>> An advertising company has apparently claimed ownership over the term
>>>>> ?Radical Media? and has threatened legal action against organisers of
>>>>> an
>>>>> upcoming conference in the UK for calling the conference ?Radical
>>>>> Media?.
>>>>> See http://radicalmediaconference.wordpress.com/
>>>>> Thanks to Patrick McCurdy for highlighting the story in his blog:
>>>>> http://patrickmccurdy.wordpress.com/