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I would laugh so hard if this ends up being true…

The Conservatives may have breached copyright laws when they made their attack ads on Dion:

The television ads, which began airing Monday, use footage from last fall’s Liberal leadership debates to deliver the message that the new Grit leader is weak, indecisive and an environmental failure. But that footage belongs to a consortium of TV networks which pooled their resources to provide live coverage of the debates…The networks are now looking into how the Conservatives obtained the debate footage for their ads. CPAC anchor Peter Van Dusen said Monday that any outside use of debate video would have to be approved by all pool members. Moreover, he said such video is traditionally never authorized for use by political parties.

Van Dusen said he is not aware of any request by the Tory party to buy or use any portion of the debate videos.

IF this ends up being the case, Jason Kenney better get back to the Multiculturalism Ministry he’s the minister of and forget about doing campaign ads/propaganda pieces. On the other hand, maybe he shouldn’t be doing that job either. Who knows what he’s been doing with that portfolio since being put in there.

(H/T to Apply Liberally who spotted it at Audacious Ontology)

11 comments to I would laugh so hard if this ends up being true…

  • Interesting. The first thought I had when I saw the first commercial was did they have permission to use the footage, especially in light of the refusal to allow a third party group to use a Harper campaign clip in a commercial was refused because Harper had not given his permission for his image to be so used. It would be incredibly fitting if it turned out yet again the CPC felt they were above the laws that all others must follow, as they did in the convention fundraising scandal, which I also have been wondering whether is the source of all this extra cash the CPC is touting it has at the moment.

  • Lord Kitchener's Own

    It’s not actually the CONTENT (i.e. the information) that may violate copyright laws, I don’t believe, it’s the VIDEO. Someone shot that video. Whoever shot that video holds the copyright on the video. It doesn’t matter if they shot a political debate, a family picnic, or a view of the sky above which everyone can see for free.

    It’s the VIDEO that’s copyright protected.

  • lrC

    No. I just have in mind something a friend on the other side of the political fence said to me about information he felt didn’t belong to anyone under copyright. He was all for making legislative changes to improve accessibility to information germane to some cloud-shaped but understandable thing called “the ongoing public debate”.

  • IS that the new Conservative election slogan Lrc?

    “If we break the law, we’ll make sure we make the activity legal so we can’t break the law again”.
    :em62:

  • lrC

    One would hope something as important as the federal election leadership debates would be in the public domain. We’ve evidently found something that needs to be fixed.

  • Whooee! It’d be a good laff t’ see CPAC suin’ CPoC. If the Cons get slapped over this, watch ’em blame the liberal MSM. Kenney’s a numbnuts an’ if he gets put through the copyright wringer, he might learn t’ look before he leaps an’ do sum due diligence when he’s spendin’ a million bucks o’ CPoC dough. So far, the Boogin’ Tories is mostly sayin’ they think the ads is great. If their war chest gets its ass sued, they might not keep thinkin’ the ads is so great.

    JB

  • I’m with audacious – karma is a bitch….even more so considering what Bev Oda wants to do with our copyright laws.

    Beautiful…

  • Scott,

    The National Post is reporting the ad campaign could cost the Conservatives over a $1 million.

  • :em71: i call it karma …lol

  • Damn that would just be hilarious. Deep down inside, I hope its true.

  • […] I know that it’s a bit odd for me to ignore a political story regarding possible copyright infringement given how frequently I talk about it here , but I’ve been staying away from Tories in breech of copyright story deliberately… however, a talk with a fellow blogger angried up my blood a bit, so I feel that it’s time. The television ads, which began airing Monday, use footage from last fall’s Liberal leadership debates to deliver the message that the new Grit leader is weak, indecisive and an environmental failure. But that footage belongs to a consortium of TV networks which pooled their resources to provide live coverage of the debates…The networks are now looking into how the Conservatives obtained the debate footage for their ads. CPAC anchor Peter Van Dusen said Monday that any outside use of debate video would have to be approved by all pool members. Moreover, he said such video is traditionally never authorized for use by political parties. […]

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