Fighting in the 3rd | Arkansas Blog

Tuesday, June 1, 2010

Fighting in the 3rd

Posted By on Tue, Jun 1, 2010 at 1:14 PM

Lots of heat being generated in the Republican runoff for the 3rd District congressional nomination (Steve Womack v. Cecile Bledsoe).

Latest is a complaint that Bledsoe has violated copyright by using materials from Womack ads in her ads.

(A Bledsoe worker says an attorney is reviewing the complaint, but adds: "It is unfortunate that Steve Womack has resorted to legal intimidation on this subject rather than letting the voters decide the facts for themselves." UPDATE: And more from Bledsoe on jump.)

NEWS RELEASE

Monday, June 1, 2010 – Cecile Bledsoe has been served with a cease and desist notice regarding her alleged violation of Federal copyright laws.

The notice was served by legal counsel for Walker Productions, LLC, a Delaware limited liability company, who owns the copyright in the video, audio and photographic stills used in the “Womack for Congress” advertisements. Bledsoe’s TV ads, Internet ads and mail pieces contain copyrighted video and photographic stills owned by Walker Productions.

“Ms. Bledsoe’s use of our copyrighted material in her commercials constitutes a clear violation of Federal copyright laws.  Using our copyrighted footage for her negative attack ads is completely unauthorized and goes far beyond “Fair Use” of materials in advertising where they use a small piece of footage,” said Walker Productions President, Rick Walker.

Walker went on to say, “We will be seeking injunctive relief and seeking to recover damages as a result of her deliberate snub of the Federal copyright laws. This isn’t something she can blame on a campaign worker. SHE approved the ads.  She says so at the end of their commercial, which uses our footage and stills. They make candidates say that, so that the candidates are personally accountable for what is said and shown in their ads.  Some people will stoop to any level. Bledsoe has hit a new low.”

Federal law provides severe civil and criminal penalties for the unauthorized reproduction, distribution or exhibition of copyrighted materials.

BLEDSOE NEWS RELEASE

Steve Womack unleashed his out-of-state political operative today in an effort to intimidate Cecile Bledsoe for doing nothing more than quoting his own words.  Womack’s attempt to censor debate demonstrates his contempt for the voters, the Constitution and healthy democratic debate.  Cecile Bledsoe will stand up to these intimidation tactics, defend the Constitution, and serve the voters of the Third District—just as she will when elected to Congress.
 
            A recent television advertisement quotes Womack’s own words, informing voters that Womack refuses to rule out higher taxes, will not be “seduced” into repealing ObamaCare, and favors a “path to citizenship” for illegal aliens.   These are critical issues to Third District voters, who deserve to know Womack’s positions.  This kind of threat of litigation is typical of left-wing trial lawyers and has no place in a Republican congressional primary election.
 
                An obscure out-of-state political operative paid over $64,000 by Womack’s campaign accused the Bledsoe for Congress campaign of violating a copyright by quoting Womack’s own words.  Had he consulted a qualified lawyer, this operative would know that the advertisement is core political speech protected by the First Amendment and the “fair-use” doctrine of copyright law.  Should he proceed with these baseless charges, the Bledsoe for Congress campaign will not only vigorously fight these frivolous claims, but also pursue sanctions against all parties responsible for abusing the legal process.
 
             Cecile Bledsoe stated, “I am saddened that Steve would resort to frivolous legal threats to censor debate.  Voters in the Third District want and deserve a robust debate on these critical issues.  Steve is no doubt frustrated as conservatives and Republicans rally to my campaign, but I have done nothing more than quote Steve’s own words.  That he would go to such extremes to censor my campaign simply shows how desperately he wants to hide his record from the voters.  I am proud of my campaign and I will not be intimidated by these tactics.”
 

From the ArkTimes store

Favorite

Comments (5)

Showing 1-5 of 5

Add a comment

 
Subscribe to this thread:
Showing 1-5 of 5

Add a comment

More by Max Brantley

  • UPDATE: Amazon's HQ2: Today' is Little Rock's big reveal

    Thinking positive in advance of Little Rock's announcement of its response to Amazon's request for bids to host a new headquarters. Perhaps it will just be an announcement for a new city promotional campaign.
    • Oct 19, 2017
  • UA is higher on Hogs financially this year

    The football team is off to a rocky start, but the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville is nonetheless getting an added financial bonus from athletic efforts.
    • Oct 19, 2017
  • If Cotton tapped for CIA, then what?

    Times columnist Jay Barth speculates this week on the fallout should Sen. Tom Cotton be appointed as Donald Trump's CIA director (itself only speculation at this point).
    • Oct 19, 2017
  • More »

Readers also liked…

  • Judge anticipates punishment of lawyers in Fort Smith class action case

    Federal Judge P.K. Holmes of Fort Smith issued a 32-page ruling yesterday indicating he contemplates punishment of 16 lawyers who moved a class action lawsuit against an insurance company out of his court to a state court in Polk County after a settlement had been worked out.
    • Apr 15, 2016
  • Donald Trump declares war on Hillary Clinton's marriage

    Donald Trump gave a remarkable interview to the New York Times yesterday in which he declared open season on the marriage of Bill and Hillary Clinton and Bill Clinton's past infidelity. Seems like a loser, but I've been wrong before.
    • Oct 1, 2016
  • Saturday's open line

    Got any thoughts? Put them here.
    • May 21, 2016

Most Shared

Most Viewed

  • UPDATE: Amazon's HQ2: Today' is Little Rock's big reveal

    Thinking positive in advance of Little Rock's announcement of its response to Amazon's request for bids to host a new headquarters. Perhaps it will just be an announcement for a new city promotional campaign.
  • Little Rock to reveal bid for Amazon headquarters

    Thursday is the deadline for cities to make a pitch for Amazon's second headquarters and Little Rock will unveil its proposal at a 10:30 a.m. news conference Thursday in the Venture Center in the city's Technology Park development on Main Street.
  • If Cotton tapped for CIA, then what?

    Times columnist Jay Barth speculates this week on the fallout should Sen. Tom Cotton be appointed as Donald Trump's CIA director (itself only speculation at this point).
  • Ole Miss apologizes to Houston Nutt, settles his lawsuit

    Tom Mars, attorney for Houston Nutt, the former Arkansas and Ole Miss football coach, called my attention this morning to news that Nutt had settled his lawsuit against Ole Miss officials for speaking negatively about him despite a no-disparagement agreement with the school following his departure as head coach.
  • Environmental group finds agricultural chemicals in Arkansas drinking water

    The Environmental Working Group released a report this week that asserts that the drinking water for about 200,000 Arkansans contains unsafe levels of chemicals related to industrial agriculture. Another environmental group has used the occasion to call for Tyson Foods to do something about it.

Most Recent Comments

Blogroll

 

© 2017 Arkansas Times | 201 East Markham, Suite 200, Little Rock, AR 72201
Powered by Foundation