C-SPAN has changed their copyright for most of their videos to a creative commons type license. You can read about the change in the C-SPAN press release. At the bottom of their main page, there is a link to their copyright policy.
C-SPAN’s RSS feeds and audio/video files are made available free of charge for use by individuals for personal, non-commercial uses, but they are still fully protected by copyright.
Except as specifically permitted by this policy, C-SPAN’s RSS feeds and audio/video files may not be used for any political, commercial or otherwise unauthorized purpose. Any posting, retransmission, sale, public performance or other unauthorized duplication of the audio/video files is strictly prohibited.
One thing I noticed is that they don’t allow you to use the content for “political” purposes. That’s a rather strange restriction. Why else would I want to use political videos if not for political purposes. I assume this doesn’t include parody, but it is an unnecessary restriction that could ensnare bloggers and artists. In fact, it seems to go against the very reason they proclaim in their press release:
“As technology advances, we want to continue to be a leader in providing citizens with the tools to be active participants in the democratic process.
Wouldn’t letting people use your content for political purposes help them become active participants, and not just viewers and consumers?