Talk show host Michael Reagan files copyright infringement claim to prevent audio clip of him calling for the murder of anti-war activist from circulating the Internet
(San Diego, CA) Last week, radio talk show host Michael Reagan called for his listeners to track down and murder anti-war activist, Mark Dice. After Dice downloaded the show’s free podcast and posted the 3 minute and 21 second clip on YouTube, Reagan filed a copyright infringement claim to remove the clip in an attempt to prevent it from circulating.
Friday June 13th Dice received a call from Reagan’s producer demanding the clip be removed, claiming they hold the copyright, and Dice explained that it falls under fair use laws, and the clip is evidence of a crime.
The clip was available at the following URL, until Wednesday June 18th at 3:43pm Pacific Time. http://www. youtube. com/watch?v=WdJO-kUINMs
Reagan also removed the entire hour of his show from his podcast directory so others can’t download that part of his show and hear his statements.
Hour number two of the June 10th show is now missing from the directory, located at http://www. radioamerica. org/POD_mrp. htm
Audio clips of Reagan’s statements may still be available on other YouTube accounts if someone searches for it. Dice has a copy of the podcast, and will make it available to reporters upon request.
Reagan’s statements were made after he heard that Dice and others were sending letters and DVDs to troops stationed in Iraq which support the idea that U.S. officials allowed the 9/11 attacks to happen on purpose and aided in their execution for political leverage. According to a 2006 Scripts Howard News Service poll, 36% of Americans believe this.
Transcript of Reagan’s statements:
“Excuse me folks, I’m going to say this. We ought to find the people who are doing this, take them out and shoot them. Really. You take them out, they are traitors to this country, and shoot them. You have a problem with that? Deal with it. You shoot them. You call them traitors, that’s what they are, and you shoot them dead. I’ll pay for the bullets.
Reagan continued, “How about you take Mark Dice out and put him in the middle of a firing range. Tie him to a post, don’t blindfold him, let it rip and have some fun with Mark Dice.”
The statements were made June 10th and came to Dice’s attention a few days later. Dice immediately filed a report with the FBI, the FCC, and is considering legal action against Reagan.
He is demanding that Reagan be fired immediately. “Calling for the murder of someone because you disagree with their political stance is absolutely unacceptable, un-American, and illegal,” says Dice.
Radio America, which syndicates Reagan’s show, told Dice that no disciplinary action will be taken.
Reagan called Dice and apologized but Dice says, “The Pandora’s box that Reagan has opened can never be closed. The ramifications of his threats and suggestions are enormous and frightening. In an age where a few clicks of a keyboard can result in anyone’s home address being found, his comments open the door for stalking, vandalism, and worse.
“What kind of a country have we become when a radio host with millions of listeners can call for the murder of someone, and not lose their job?” Dice asks. “He didn’t say that he hoped I am killed, or that he thought I should be killed, he specifically said I should be found and shot, and that he would pay for the bullets. This is a violation of California’s penal code 422.”
Dice’s entire YouTube account, over 60 of his videos have been deleted.
His channel was www. YouTube. com/TheResistance
and had thousands of subscribers and his videos had been viewed over a million times.
Dice is the author of a book titled, The Resistance Manifesto, which details how people involved in secret societies hold tremendous power in American politics. He has been featured in major media outlets around the world for various issues ranging from political activism to boycotts and pop culture criticism.
Radio America, Reagan’s Syndication Company
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