Obama camp uses Sarah Palin in ad attacking McCain’s plan to tax health care benefits as the “ultimate bridge to nowhere”October 3, 2008
Joe Biden calls McCain’s healthcare “plan” the “ultimate bridge to nowhere,” drawing biggest audience reaction of the debateOctober 3, 2008
News: Footage apparently of Sarah Palin in a swimsuit from her days in the Miss Alaska pageant have just hit YouTube today. The Huffington Post has more details.
If you want to know how someone dug up this footage from 1984, well it goes back to the VCR and this guy:
Sarah Palin said she did the pageant because she wanted to get a college scholarship in athletics, but, back then, not many went to female athletes.
Palin’s response: something about “trade missions” back and forth.
For the full interview, watch below:
Republicans attempt to block Alaska investigation of Sarah Palin for her firing of state official in “Troopergate”September 17, 2008
Tina Fey is great, but also check out LisaNova’s impersonation of Sarah Palin by clicking here.
UPDATE: Tina Fey did Sarah Palin again, in a parody of the Katie Couric interview. Click here for the video.
UPDATE (Oct. 3): For video of Tina Fey as Sarah Palin in the VP debate, click here.
UPDATE (Oct 18): Sarah Palin made a cameo appearance on SNL with Tina Fey!! Click here for the videos.
UPDATE (Oct 23): Tina Fey back as Sarah Palin, this time with Will Ferrell as George Bush. Click here for the video.
UPDATE (Nov 1): John McCain brought down the house appearing with Tina Fey. Click here for the video
Matt Damon calls idea of President Sarah Palin “absurd” + “a really bad Disney movie” + “a really terrifying possibility”September 12, 2008
News: As reported earlier, CNN reported that Universal Music Publishing and Sony BMG sent the McCain camp a letter asking it to stop playing Heart’s “Barracuda” on the campaign trail after the song was used at the Republican National Convention. (Sarah Palin’s nickname is “barracuda.”) Universal Music Publishing presumably owns the copyright to the musical work, while Sony BMG owns the copyright to the sound recording. The American Spectator reports that the McCain camp played the song “Barracuda” at another stop in Ohio just yesterday.
Analysis: It’s not clear what’s going on based on the limited amount of information given. It’s unlikely that the McCain camp has a blanket license to use the copyrighted song for the rest of the campaign season. So once the copyright holders Universal and Sony BMG sent the letter demanding that the McCain camp stop playing it, that would seem to make subsequent uses by the McCain camp unauthorized and infringement. Techdirt blog suggests that these uses may have been licensed by the venues (such as through an ASCAP license). CNN is now reporting that the McCain camp said it had obtained a license for the RNC Convention. There’s been no statement by anyone to verify a license for subsequent uses. Another interesting wrinkle is that the copyright holders appear to have put the McCain camp on notice not to play their copyrighted song. The scenario would present an excellent exam question for my copyright class.
More copyright problems for McCain?: CBS sends DMCA notice over McCain’s unauthorized use of CBS segment in campaign video re: “lipstick on a pig”September 10, 2008
News: The John McCain camp appears to be in trouble again for alleged copyright infringement. CBS today sent YouTube a DMCA notice about the McCain camp’s negative ad that insinuated Sen. Barack Obama’s use of the saying “lipstick on a pig” was a reference to Gov. Sarah Palin. (Obama refuted that claim in this video.) Part of the McCain ad used a CBS segment of Katie Couric, apparently spliced in by the McCain camp without permission. CBS has asserted the McCain camp’s unauthorized use violates CBS’s copyright in the segment. Under the DMCA, YouTube must take down the video to fall within the safe harbor for Internet sites.
YouTube has now yanked John McCain’s video from YouTube, consistent with the DMCA notice-and-takedown procedure.
Analysis: This is not the first run-in with alleged copyright infringement for the McCain camp. As recounted on an earlier post, FOX News and Jackson Browne have all complained to the McCain camp about alleged unauthorized use of their copyrighted materials. Universal Music Publishing and Sony BMG have also complained about the use of their copyrighted song “Barracuda” (by Heart), although it’s not clear — based on the CNN news reports — whether McCain has a license (or not) to play the song at the campaign stops where it’s being played. It will be interesting to see if the McCain camp continues to run that same ad on TV and, if so, what CBS’s response will be.
The Couric segment seemed to be taken out of context and to be not directly related to the context of the “lipstick on a pig” controversy. (I couldn’t tell for sure just based on watching the video.) If that is the case, any fair use argument is greatly diminished.
Sen. Obama criticizes McCain camp + media for creating phony controversy over “lipstick on a pig” sayingSeptember 10, 2008
News: The Internet enables incredibly fast responses in campaign ads. These two were both posted today, and both are well done. I like the voice-overs on both vids — both camps hired the right voices, sounds like we’re watching a country western:
Obama ad, “No Maverick”
McCain ad, “Original Mavericks”
Dispute over Heart’s “Barracuda” song — Did John McCain + Sarah Palin camp commit blatant copyright infringement?September 5, 2008
News: CNN reports that Universal Music Publishing and Sony BMG, which own the copyright to the Heart song “Barricuda,” sent a cease and desist letter to John McCain and Sarah Palin for their (apparent?) unauthorized use of the song last night at the Republican National Convention. It’s not exactly clear, but the CNN report implies that the use was not licensed.
“Barracuda” is the nickname of Sarah Palin from her days as a point guard on the high school basketball team. It is also the title of the very famous song by Heart.
Analysis: This now appears to be a pattern in the McCain camp or Republican Party of not getting copyright permissions to use copyrighted works of others. Jackson Browne has already sued the Republicans for using his song without permission in a McCain video. Earlier in the primary, FOX News sent a letter to stop McCain from using FOX footage in its campaign videos. And, just this week, the McCain camp used copyrighted footage of CSPAN or some other network to create a badly cropped video of Sarah Palin’s speech, which I’m assuming was done in order to cover up the CSPAN logo.
I’m all for liberal fair use in the context of presidential campaigns, which are no doubt important for this country, but it does seem ironic to see presidential candidates flagrantly disregard copyrights, particularly with musical works (which receive a greater scope of protection than coverage of news events).
UPDATE: CNN is now reporting that the McCain camp says a license had been obtained for the song.
Conservatives Mike Murphy + Peggy Noonan (Reagan’s speech writer) criticize McCain’s pick of Sarah PalinSeptember 4, 2008
Conservatives call the selection of Sarah Palin “cynical.” Ouch.
Unfortunately, the McCain camp has just stitched together sound bites from Sarah Palin’s speech last night, which ran for 30 minutes. Would have been better not to edit it, I think, but instead just give the entire speech verbatim.
Also, the McCain camp has apparently just taken the copyrighted footage of CSPAN or some other network and tried to crop out their logo and “ticker” at the bottom of the screen. That’s why Sarah Palin looks like her body has been totally cut off. On several occasions, you see the network “ticker” bleed through the McCain camp’s crop job.