Seen this ad yet from Pat Hays,
the Democratic candidate for Congress? It's a good one. How good?
Republicans are attempting to stir a fake controversy
about it. Why, they say, Pat Hays didn't receive permission to use the names Blue Bell
in this ad. He had no need to do so. They were companies attracted to locate in North Little Rock through the efforts of Pat Hays' administration. He does no more in the ad than state long-established facts solidly in the public domain. A company can no more prohibit a political candidate from mentioning facts in the public record in a political ad than they could prevent me from saying Blue Bell and Caterpillar brought jobs to North Little Rock thanks to Patrick Henry Hays. May the companies' logos appear as a non-commercial use as identifier with jobs associated with their location? Under the law, I think it's fair use easily in the limited and specific context. But that's what lawyers are for. Even if the companies sued to scrub out logos, they couldn't force him to scrub out the facts.
By the way, they filmed that ice cream scene downstairs in the Hop Diner.
It was Blue Bell ice cream they served, because that's what the Hop sells exclusively, from tubs such as the one below. You'd think they'd appreciate the exposure. Like Blue Bell? Thank Pat Hays for working to find a place for them in North Little Rock.
And then there was Caterpillar. It was a big deal when they came. Remember when Pat Hays joined Mike Beebe to cheer the news? NLR's green energy credits and a big empty building were on offer. Logo or no logo, Pat Hays can brag about it.