TLP: Campaign Lifts NFL Footage, Penalized Half the Distance to Election Day

Wednesday, October 06, 2010 , , 1 Comments

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You'd think politicians would learn. Or at least that they'd get a lawyer on the campaign payroll who knows a thing or two about copyright and intellectual property.

Usually, campaigns run into trouble when they appropriate music without asking to use in TV spots or to stir up the crowds at rallies. I'm looking at you, Ronald Reagan and John McCain. Even Charlie Crist got busted this year, by David Byrne, for fuck's sake.

Now, a Democrat has been accused of inappropriate borrowing. And this time, it's not music, but video that's the subject of a dispute.

Turns out the flag was on Senator Russ Feingold’s campaign.

The Wisconsin Democrat, locked in a tough re-election battle, released a football-themed television advertisement on Tuesday that hits his Republican opponent, Ron Johnson, for excessive celebration. One problem: The spot shows action from a National Football League game.

“We did not license the footage and have contacted the Senator’s campaign about removing it,” Greg Aiello, an N.F.L. spokesman, said in a statement.

John Kraus, a senior adviser to the Feingold campaign, indicated via e-mail that the ad was being edited to “accommodate the N.F.L.’s concerns” and probably would return on Wednesday. ...

The ad released Tuesday starts with a parade of end zone celebrations — then shows Mr. Feingold saying Mr. Johnson and “the corporate special interests” are acting in a similar manner.

“They’re dancing in the end zone because they think they’re going to take down the U.S. senator who’s been named the No. 1 enemy of Washington lobbyists,” Mr. Feingold declares, in what his campaign says is a nod to a ranking published by Washingtonian magazine. “Fortunately, the game isn’t over yet.”
Whether the game is over or not remains to be seen. That's up to Wisconsin voters.

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Jonah Gibson said...

Copyright infringement aside, he makes a good point. Republicans all over seem bent on celebrating the deleterious impact of economic issues on the Democrats' chances in the mid-terms, rather than noticing the deleterious impact of same on their constituents. We need more game changing and fewer parades out here where the misery lives.