Doesn’t it seem incredibly amateurish for a three-term senator to make this mistake?
The National Football League has asked the Russ Feingold campaign to take down a newly released ad that uses footage from NFL games.
The Feingold campaign reacted quickly. “We are making an edit to the ad to accommodate the NFL’s concerns,” campaign spokesman John Kraus told the Journal Sentinel.
NFL spokesman Greg Aiello said the league did not license the footage used in the ad. He said the league had contacted the Feingold campaign about removing it.
Or, as with campaign finance, does Feingold think that silly laws or rules should only apply to other people?
Are people talking about the ad, and has Feingold scored a bunch of earned media from it? Yes. Do most people care about the NFL’s grievance? No. Does the former outweigh the latter? Yes.
I suspect Feingold’s people knew exactly what they were doing. Which, of course, one is free to think of as they will. Not the most scrupulous approach, but then again, when’s politics ever been about scruples these days?
The theft of intellectual property during campaigns has been conducted by many, many experienced politicians.
Music is often the stolen property.
I recall one blogger who copied and displayed MAD Magazine’s “man breasts” expose; I wonder if he had permission to do that or if the intellectual property was stolen?
Shall we drop this subject?
Sorry RS - Russ’ team isn’t that smart. They just screwed up.
Yes RS, it might have been a shot at earned media; but they sure look like a bunch of putzes while doing it.
And…this is now the 4th ad to blow up in the Feingold Campaigns face.
Either way, Feingold racks up earned media, and it’s not like anyone really cares about licensing rights. If you think people are going to ascribe negative feelings to Feingold over this, you play too much inside baseball.
I don’t think it’s the greatest ad ever, but it’s certainly managed to leverage a bunch of added air time at no cost.
Besides, the reason we should really love this commercial is its amazing use of old USFL footage. Watching Clarence Verdin celebrate a Texas Gamblers touchdown against the Tampa Bay Bandits is the funniest thing I’ve seen in an ad this cycle.
He didn’t make any mistake. Rusty is so desperate that he’s trying to subliminally link Minnesota born Ron Johnson with hated former Viking Randy Moss. That is the bottom line of what is going on.
It has to driving Feingold nuts at night that he has NOTHING to run on against Johnson. So he’s resigned to hoping he can play Tony Robbins negative association games using RANDY MOSS.
The ironic thing is that I’d guess the majority of Wisconsinites would rather invite Ron Johnson into their living room to watch a Packer game than our buddy Russ.
I was going to comment that I find it odd that the money spent on campaigns can increase every year even as the quality of the tactics declines into more and more bush league, ham fisted territory, but I think RS’s comment probably explained that contradiction (and made me a little sick to my stomach). Combines my fear of the elimination/irrelevance of intellectual property rights with my distaste for legal bribery and the stuff it buys.
btw, I don’t think that the vast majority of voters keep track of which ads are subject to copyright or campaign finance criticisms on blogs. It’s Pepsi versus Coke. Whoever gets their name out there the most is likely to be the victor.
This is worse than when John Kerry called a certain Green Bay football stadium “Lambert Field.” Seriously! How can anyone NOT know that famous line “...without the expressed written consent of the National Football League.” I had no idea Russ Feingold’s level of ignorance was over 9000!
I didn’t actually watch the ad before my previous comment, but now that I’ve seen it, a couple more thoughts.
One, that’s an obscene amount of NFL footage. Before I saw it I assumed it was an image in a montage or a background or something. There’s no way that they thought it would be in the public domain, or that that much footage would be fair use. It had to be calculated.
Number two, how lucky is it that this made the news on the same day as Moss was reported to potentially be returned to the Vikings and finally hooking up with the hated Brent Farve? You can’t plan that. Or can you? Spygate II. Really makes you think…
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Here’s a $1; go pay off a lawsuit.
Sorry RS, I’m not buying your argument that Russ intentionally violated copyright law in order to garner national attention for his crumbling campaign. This was a bone-headed move, plain and simple.
If Russ was 25 points ahead and this came out in July, who cares? But this ad comes out when he’s 8-12 points down with only 4 weeks to go. Not good.
The story now is not how Russ’ “hilarious” ad has gained national attention by irking the NFL, but rather, how Russ’ gaggle of miscreants have completely fumbled the ball (again) with yet another botched television ad.
It’s Pepsi versus Coke. Whoever gets their name out there the most is likely to be the victor.
Speaking of Pepsi…. Did anyone notice that Obama’s stupid little “O” symbol was extremely reminiscent of the Pepsi symbol?
On the add. I am not surprised. Feingold may be a rhodes scholar and a lawyer, but why would anyone expect the author of the campaign finance bill to be an authority on intellectual property?
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