Friday, May 8, 2009

Perez Hilton posts...and the mind reels

Mario Lavandeira (aka Perez Hilton) recently paid his lawyer good money to write a cease and desist letter to the National Organization for Marriage over NOM's use of a 3-second clip from his video blog in a TV ad.

And what did Lavandeira do today? How about: post a 10-minute, uninterrupted clip from CNN -- complete with a "PEREZ TV" overlay and an pre-roll ad. Lavandeira added nothing to the CNN video itself, just the following text on his blog under the video: "President Obama is remaining uncomfortably quiet on gay issues - and the mainstream media is noticing. As are we!!!"

Fair use? Extremely doubtful; you can't just post long segments of news footage, even if you think it helps your political cause.
Unclean hands? Hypocrisy? I think we need some stronger words.

1 comment:

  1. I think that you need to stop giving this jerk, who can't even give himself an "original" pseudonym, any more free publicity. There are much more serious issues out there, such as what RIAA and MPAA are trying to do indirectly via ACTA, namely that which they cannot do directly via Congress.


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