UPDATE: Rishell’s campaign has filed a complaint on the high resolution video as well. If you would like me to email you a copy of the video, send me a note at firstname.lastname@example.org and I will send it to you (7.5MB flash video).
UPDATE #2: Not Larry Sabato is first out of the gate with hosting this video on his own server. You can see it here. Big kudos to him for sticking up for the First Amendment, something Jeanette Rishell can’t seem to stomach.
This is a new one. What political campaign has ever tried to remove videos from YouTube on the basis that the video included some of their own campaign content and argued that the criticism was a violation of their copyright? Well, Jeanette Rishell sets a new standard for utter incompetence today, which is arguably a really difficult thing for her hapless campaign to do. I must really be getting to them for Rishell’s campaign to start acting this stupid.
Here’s what showed up in my inbox this afternoon:
I have never seen anything approaching this level of ignorance from a political campaign since Jeff Dion decided to run personals ads on gay.com when he was running for office. The “Fair Use doctrine” holds that since it is rather difficult to critique a work without showing the work you’re critiquing that as long as you use only the specific part of the work you need in the critique, you’re OK under copyright law. So on the law, Jeanette Rishell is utterly wrong. Not only that, but given the immense volume of videos out there were they use a candidate’s video to critique them, only an utter fool would somehow decide that their instance of being under the microscope is unlawful while everyone else’s travails weren’t a copyright infringement.
Worse than that, the last thing a candidate would want to do is vault this video into a mainstream media news story. When a candidate tries to silence a blogger, that’s news. Instead of making this video go away, Jeanette Rishell is making it more noteworthy. Nice going, doofus. Now that this is going to be referred to the courts for adjudication as a result of my appeal of YouTube’s action, this ought to be great fodder for more discussion about Jeanette Rishell’s choice of campaign staff.
To add insult to injury, there are two versions out there, one of which has higher video quality. The one they took down? The lower resolution one, of course. Because of that screw-up, you can still see this on YouTube here and on NLS:
If you see a message about Friends of Jeanette Rishell claiming copyright infringement on this video, you can see it here.
What morons. I think it’s time to add another entry to Jeanette Rishell’s hit parade of errors, miscues and outright blunders.
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