As I fully expected, the copyright infringement claim filed by Friends of Jeanette Rishell has been found meritless by YouTube this evening, and they have restored the videos Rishell’s campaign claimed violated their intellectual property. So once again, we are able to provide the following to our readers, courtesy of YouTube:
Jeanette Rishell’s campaign claimed not that using short clips from their campaign videos violated their copyright, but that pointing out the picture of a used condom discarded in a toilet that campaign manager Ilana Kaplan-Shain had posted to her public facebook page infringed on the intellectual property of Friends of Jeanette Rishell. To have a candidate complain on the basis of copyright law about videos critical of her candidacy is inane. To have the campaign say that pictures of used condoms discarded in toilets are their intellectual property, which may not be used without permission, is fatally stupid. Mind-boggling stupid.
At this point the only avenue open to Friends of Jeanette Rishell to prevent viewers from seeing this video would be if her campaign filed a lawsuit in a court of competent jurisdiction. I sorely hope they do. I can just imagine how the public would react to a candidate that started filing baseless copyright infringement lawsuits about pictures of used condoms. A veritiable Circus Humongous would certainly result.
In the meantime, Jeanette Rishell still has not answered why she has Ilana Kaplan-Shain as her campaign manager. While Rishell prattles on about protecting Virginia families, she not only hired a woman who has supported putting hard-core pornography in schools, written approvingly of casual homosexual sexual encounters, and glorified encountering used condoms in hotel rooms — while she was acting as Rishell’s campaign manager. After the sordid behavior of this employee was brought to light, she actually kept her in charge of her campaign. Since actions speak one heck of a lot louder than campaign rhetoric, it’s beyond clear that Rishell’s means of protecting Virginia families is vastly at odds with what the voters in this District believe.
Jeanette Rishell is either the dumbest candidate in history, or the worst candidate liar we’ve ever seen in politics. It’s really hard to tell which.
UPDATE: Not Larry Sabato picks up on this as well, saying:
“What’s even worse, and worthy of public ridicule is that Ilana Kaplan-Shain had the pictures on her own facebook account- so instead of challenging the video to Youtube as violating HER intellectual property- she did so as “Friends of Jeannette Rishell”, claiming the used condoms were the campaign’s intellectual property instead of her own! ”
This girl needs to find a new career- she isn’t smart enough for politics.
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