"Gathering information about government officials in a form that can
readily be disseminated to others serves a cardinal First Amendment
interest in protecting and promoting
'the free discussion of
That means all elected or appointed or employed government officials, from
County Commissioners and City Councils down through sheriff and
police departments to the Animal Shelter.
Police are employees, not elected or appointed, so these rulings would appear
to apply to other governmental employees.
The Illinois and Massachusetts laws have been used to arrest people
who attempt to record on-duty police officers and other public
officials. In one of the more notorious cases, Chicago resident
Tiawanda Moore was arrested in 2010 when she attempted to use her
cell phone to record officers in a Chicago police station.
WCTV news report
didn't mention something else LAKE has done about
the Tim Golden use of a LAKE video without the required attribution:
LAKE paid for
a TV ad on the same WALB market as Golden's ad.
is still playing today: watch the news and football on WALB
in Valdosta and Hahira.
Bikram Mohanty is a man of integrity running for Georgia state Senate.
The incumbent Tim Golden's attack ad misuses a video I took
of Bikram Mohanty, without the credit its YouTube license requires.
Tim Golden voted to put on the ballot an amendment that could siphon off
your local tax dollars for charter schools,
even if your school board doesn't want them.
Vote for integrity;
vote for Bikram Mohanty for Georgia state Senate,
and vote No for Amendment 1.
This WALB ad, like
the WCTV news interview,
is another rare instance of the LAKE politburo deciding LAKE would
go on record as an organization, so I was speaking for LAKE.
TL;DR: If you want to use LAKE materials, cite the source.
WCTV got Tim Golden's campaign on record admitting it used a LAKE video
Golden's spokesperson claimed (erroneously) that they didn't need to
cite the source.
As you can see below, that's not what the license says.
A videographer in Valdosta is taking legal action against Georgia
District 8 State Senator Tim Golden.
John Quarterman says video he shot was used in an "Attack Ad"
against Senate candidate Bikram Mohanty without his permission.
"A video posted on Youtube that clearly says that attribution is
required. And there's no attribution, no sources sighted, and he
didn't ask permission. That's mis-use of our material," Quarterman
The most-organized open records response ever!
Well, that we've asked for, anyway.
Sure, sometimes local government bodies deliver a three-ring binder
Sometimes they deliver a CD.
Sometimes they deliver on a USB stick.
Nobody ever delivered all of the above.
OK, I brought the USB stick and the scanner (not pictured),
but look at that CD lying on top of the really thick binder:
the CD contains everything that's in the binder,
and that saved us a lot of scanning time.
Thank you, Kelly Lenz, Patrick Spurlock, and Tom Gooding!
It will take a bit of time to process all this information; stay tuned.
Kelly Lenz, Library Director, Tom Gooding, Attorney
Left to right:
an extra item,
the four architect presentations,
the "bible" of what the new library should be (the thick binder and the CD),
and agendas, minutes, and board packets (the other two binders).
Picture by Gretchen Quarterman for Lowndes Area Knowledge Exchange (LAKE),
at South Georgia Regional Library, Valdosta, Lowndes County, Georgia, 26 October 2012.
I know of at least one open records request somewhere else that,
two years later and counting,
The Chairman of a County Commission can have great impact on the
lives of residents. And in one local county, the candidates couldn't
be more different.
She wants to make it easier to see what the Commission is doing;
he worries ordinances make it too difficult for business.
the WCTV video,
which appears to start with outtakes from LAKE videos of Commission meetings.
LAKE videos that were taken by... Gretchen Quarterman.
The one of her speaking to the Commission? Camera on a tripod.
Julian Assange of Wikileaks spoke from the Ecuadorean Embassy in London today (video, text):
The next time somebody tells you that it is pointless to defend the rights we hold dear, remind them of your vigil in the dark outside the Embassy of Ecuador, and how, in the morning, the sun came up on a different world, and a courageous Latin American nation took a stand for justice.
The British government made a stunning mistake in throwing away the worldwide goodwill just gained through the London Olympic Games, by actually beginning to storm a sovereign embassy in violation of the Vienna Convention on Diplomatic Relations that was observed throughout the Cold War. How could they be so foolish? This man, this reporter and publisher, they think is somehow more dangerous to them than the armed might of the Soviet Union was? This is as if JFK arrested MLK after John Glenn's first orbital flight (a step which JFK fortunately did not take).
It's nice to know Hahira will get a break in interest, but tax payers will still have to pay back the loan. I missed the council meeting which is unusual for me. Does the video show anything about the fact some council members voted not to raise the tap fees for new construction which would certainly help pay back the loan instead of depending so much on tax monies? Developers should not be allowed to come in and make huge profits from new construction, then take their profits and let the citizens pay the price for increased water demands. Raising the one time tap fees would have distributed some of the costs to the developers who enjoy the profits from increased demands on the infrastructure and water usage.
Yes, we have video of the entire Hahira City Council meeting, which will be posted soon. LAKE is always happy to accept help in taking or labeling videos.
The LAKE front page is updated with some current hot topics to make LAKE blog posts on them easier to find.
There's a primary election on right now, and in addition to candidates, there's a referendum on T-SPLOST, a new 1 percent transportation sales tax on everything including food that would create a new regional level of government run by GDOT in Atlanta and does nothing for public transportation, bicycles, or pedestrians. It's on the 31 July 2012 primary ballot, and early voting has already started.
Other topics include nuclear and how it's holding back solar and wind, water and how planning can affect it, and the ongoing problem of incarceration including ALEC, the lobbyist-legislator public-private partnership that's pushing all sorts of bad laws. Those and more topics are available through the Categories links on the right hand side of the blog, but some of them are especially current right now, so they're also at the top of the LAKE front page.