It’s nice to see that Democrats appreciate the quality of my work. It isn’t quite so nice to see Democrat campaign consultants blatantly stealing my work so they can make a buck, but it’s hardly surprising that they do.
On Sunday I went out to Fairfax to film the Fly Around Tour with Ken Cuccinelli, E. W. Jackson and Mark Obenshain. Nobody hired me to do it, I just figured it would be a nice thing to do that folks might appreciate and give me an opportunity to showcase my work a little bit. So after spending two days away from my family at the RPV Convention, I load up a bunch of pretty expensive production equipment, head on over to the Fairfax GOP headquarters and hope that there’s some kind of preparation being made to make filming convenient, which there absolutely is not. There’s no sound support, the candidates aren’t on a podium or anything and the crowd is pressed up right in front of the candidates and there’s hardly any angle to film from. Despite those challenges, I come away with some decent footage and some sub-par audio that’s at least understandable, as well as a few stills.
Then I spend about eight hours editing, trying to clean up audio problems, rendering footage, uploading to YouTube, and putting it in a blog post. At this point I’ve invested about eleven hours in this project, employed about $25,000 in equipment, and hope some folks might see it and think “hey, maybe we should hire this guy to do work for us.” Maybe, just maybe, we might someday be able to afford health insurance that has become so insanely unaffordable since the liberal statists started mucking around with the insurance industry trying to “fix” it.
Today I find that some outfit called “American Bridge 21st Century” just steals part of my footage to put into their own video. Not only do they steal it, but they actually crop the footage to remove the watermark that says “NOVA Digital Films.” Of course that prompts me to file a copyright infringement complaint with YouTube under the Digital Millenium Copyright Act. I am not a campaign, I am not a public entity, I am a small business owner struggling in Obama’s crappy economy to put food on the table and liberals are stealing my stuff so they can sell services to Democrat campaigns and PACs.
But yes, the Democrats are somehow all for the middle class and small business. You’d hardly know it by the way they act.
The Democrats had a tracker at this event who was rolling a camera. The guy was right behind me, and was fairly annoying. They could have used that guy’s stuff, and I presume they paid him to be there. Instead of using that footage that they paid for, they use my footage that they didn’t pay for.
Perhaps some of you at this point are wondering about something called “fair use” doctrine in copyright law. Fair use will let you use other people’s creative content in some limited circumstances, and if you’re interested in learning about it, there’s a pretty substantial wikipedia article on it. This is not “fair use.” This is someone thinking that my footage, without alteration or derivation, would be just wonderful for their purposes but only if they remove any indications that I own it. That’s just plain thievery, and professionals aren’t exactly ignorant of the law in this regard. The production company that put this together is almost certainly affiliated with SAG-AFTRA which makes production houses jump through some amazingly intricate hoops to try to protect the intellectual property rights of union members, and they certainly know better than this. The PAC that did this pays for content on a regular basis, and they know better than this.
The modern Democrat philosophy is such that as long as whatever liberals want to do advances the Obama agenda in some way, no law constrains them in doing so.
You can tell a lot about how a candidate or party intends to govern by the way they conduct themselves during a campaign. Bishop E. W. Jackson’s campaign was as classy as they come with not the slightest hint of inappropriate behavior, much less the slightest whiff of negative campaigning. His opponents and those who support them will intentionally break the way trying to gain any advantage.
Right there is your choice for Lieutenant Governor in a nutshell.
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