View Full Version : Romney unfairly targeted; he's right on this one!

07-18-2012, 01:05 PM
In his campaign ad that includes Obama singing Al Green's 'Let's Stay Together.'

<div class="ubbcode-block"><div class="ubbcode-header">Quote:</div><div class="ubbcode-body">A copyright specialist with The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) told Raw Story on Tuesday that music publisher BMG is abusing copyright law to censor former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney (R) by asking Google to take down a campaign advertisement that featured several seconds of President Barack Obama (D) singing a tune by Al Green.

“This was a pretty clear cut case of fair use,” Corynne McSherry, EFF’s intellectual property director, explained in an exclusive interview. “That means that they shouldn’t have sent a takedown notice under the [Digital Milenneium Copyright Act] (DMCA).” </div></div>

From the left-leaning Raw Story site. (http://www.rawstory.com/rs/2012/07/17/copyright-specialist-romney-ad-wrongfully-censored-by-music-publisher/)

Kevin Drum also takes the same position. Of course, it is fair use, and should be allowed. However, now that it's been taken down, the law requires it stay down for 10 days before it can possibly be put up (so it's being said, anyway).

Now, if this were the waning days of the campaign instead of the dog days of summer with 100+ days to go, this kind of censorship would change what could be advertised probably for the rest of the end of the campaign.

This is not a wholesome situation, and should be changed to where legitimate arguments of fair use could be heard prior to the take downs we see all the time. Even if it helps someone like Romney or his super pacs in this case.

Because we ought not support or oppose laws based on whose ox is gored by them, our opponents' or friends' oxen, respectively.

Good for those on the left who are admitting this, and good on the EFF, a very important group I recommend to your attention for support, as they are among those in the vanguard of trying to keep our rights, freedoms and ability to freely use media and the internet.

07-18-2012, 03:06 PM
And shame on the regime For concurrently using a clip of Romney singing.

07-18-2012, 03:28 PM
The song is in the public domain.

Still less reason to pull that one than the false reason to pull Romney's ad.

Try to take 'yes' or agreement gracefully.

07-19-2012, 07:09 PM

Romney won, and good for him and his team.

Politico, with the news. (http://www.politico.com/news/stories/0712/78739.html)