More Questions About the Blagojevich Memoir

More about the soon-to-be-published book by former Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich, mentioned in this previous LISNews story. The book is to be published by Phoenix Publishing.

Publishers Weekly reported that a "Son of Sam" type of legislation is being considered by the Illinois State Legislature; the bill would require “any elected official who is convicted of a felony or of a misdemeanor involving a violation of his or her official oath of office to forfeit any monetary rights derived from any media depiction or detailing of the crime for which the person was convicted as a term of their sentence. The forfeiture lasts during the term of the sentence and any period of probation, parole or supervised release.”

The bill has the support of the full legislature, but opposition from First Amendment groups, led by the Motion Picture Association of America, is growing.


So now the MPAA is a First Amendment group, rather than an extreme copyright group? Terminology is a wonderful thing.

(On the other hand, I think I'd be on that side of this issue. I believe laws like that do chill expression. Now, let's talk about derivative works, fair use and chilling expression...hmm.)

I believe this man has profited enough from his misadventures in politics...

It's time for him to pay back this constituency.


We should speak with our wallets. Make Phoenix Publishing lose money. This proposal is a knee-jerk reaction of outrage (analogous to the knee-jerk reaction of fear that supported the initial Patriot Act). The unintended consequences of a law like this seem potentially large.

I believe laws like that do chill expression. Now, let's talk about derivative works

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