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Citing Copyright, Gallaudet Demands Anti-Gay Group Pull Angela McCaskill Ad

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Officials at Gallaudet University are demanding that the anti-equality group Maryland Marriage Alliance stop airing an ad featuring Angela McCaskill, the University's associate provost of diversity and inclusion who was suspended after signing a petition to put the marriage question on next month's ballot.

That ad features McCaskill as a person who was "bullied" for speaking out against equality. Gallaudet officials, however, see the issue as copyright infringement.

"The video they are using, the ad, is actually copyrighted by us," said Katherine Murphy, executive director of communications and public relations at Gallaudet in Washington. "We're in touch with our attorneys to have them follow up with the group to ask them to take down the ad."

Deana Bass, a spokeswoman for the Maryland Marriage Alliance, said the group has not heard any formal complaints about the spot, and it has no intention of removing it.

"It is a fair use of the footage," said Bass. "At this point, [the incident] is in the public space. We want people to understand what is at stake with Question 6."

McCaskill's lawyers say she did not approve the message for which her face is being used, and claim her signature on the ballot petition indicate her position one way or the other.

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  1. If McCaskill wanted the ad pulled, wouldn't she be able to get it down much more quickly and easily than Gallaudet can?

    Posted by: kit | Oct 18, 2012 8:54:07 AM


  2. The last line of the post seems to be missing a "does not" before "indicate."

    Posted by: jpeckjr | Oct 18, 2012 10:17:52 AM


  3. It's fair use.

    What I find interesting about this is that in order to prove their point, the anti-gay group has effectively thrown McCaskill under the bus. They've destroyed any chance for her to be viewed as able to perform the job for which she was hired (admittedly her actions didn't help). My prediction is that she will lose her job or "voluntarily" resign within the year.

    Posted by: GeoffreyPS | Oct 18, 2012 10:47:34 AM


  4. @GEOFFREYPS Of course, she'll be accorded a generous severance package by the university. Sometimes, bigotry does pay if one plays one's cards right.

    Posted by: jamal49 | Oct 18, 2012 11:15:27 AM


  5. Her stupidity, and the ad, bring to light one of the lingering ugly factors in American race relations.
    NOM et al are happy to pay off Black ministers and use Black people as minstrels to further their cause.
    SOME Black people are stuck in old modes, such as "We are the most hurt, so give us a pass on whatever we do", and "At least I can feel superior to Gays, to make up for the world looking down on me"
    ANY OPPRESSION AND DISCRIMINATION KEEPS OPPRESSION AND DISCRIMINATION ALIVE
    ALL ARE FREE, OR NONE ARE FREE

    Posted by: Bob | Oct 18, 2012 2:50:13 PM


  6. I agree, this is fair use. Policy makers should not be able to wield copyright law to stifle criticism. I'm beginning to wonder if the reason Gallaudet has an unethical diversity provost is because she fits right in.

    Posted by: JJ | Oct 18, 2012 4:05:24 PM


  7. And NO UNAUTHORIZED USE of copyrighted material is "fair use" - or else all intellectual property becomes public, folks. But of course I look the other way if someone is righting a great wrong etc, such as using a copyrighted photo of Craig Romney in drag with his Momzilla.

    Posted by: Bob | Oct 19, 2012 2:54:41 AM


  8. And NO UNAUTHORIZED USE of copyrighted material is "fair use" - or else all intellectual property becomes public, folks. But of course I look the other way if someone is righting a great wrong etc, such as using a copyrighted photo of Craig Romney in drag with his Momzilla.

    Posted by: Bob | Oct 19, 2012 2:54:43 AM


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