Obama May Approve This Ad But the Real Owners of Sesame Street Don't
There is no denying the ad below is hilarious but the Obama campaign may have wanted to get permission from Sesame Workshop - the folks who've kept Big Bird in a job all these years thanks to those big fat government payouts Mitt Romney wants to stop - as they've now taken to their own site to ask nicely.
Everyone remember the Sesame Street episode that taught us about sharing? That doesn't necessarily apply to intellectual property, and sharing only works if both parties are willing.
"Sesame Workshop is a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization and we do not endorse candidates or participate in political campaigns," they wrote on their website. "We have approved no campaign ads, and, as is our general practice, have requested that both campaigns remove Sesame Street characters and trademarks from their campaign materials."
So what's the big deal? Romney's campaign (allegedly) steals fonts from designers and Obama's co-opts idols of 5 year olds everywhere. Isn't that just another day in American politics?
Besides, Obama using Big Bird's likeness in an ad is sort of like how he bought all that meat from drought-stricken farmers, he's got the full faith and credit of the United States behind him, why not use it while he has it to throw around? Doesn't Big Bird owe him? Never mind that he didn't build that!