I’m not a copyright lawyer (it is an interest of mine though…), but if you’re on the verge of a cease and desist order, or lawsuit for violating the wholly-owned copyright of video distribution rights, the last thing you ever say is “watch the whole video.”
Not only does it prove WisconsinEye’s point that Planned Parenthood is violating their copyright, it is explicitly saying it has changed video to put their own context on the events that occurred in the state Senate chamber that morning.
WisconsinEye Public Affairs Network on Tuesday accused Planned Parenthood of violating its user agreement by using the footage of Ellis in a political ad. The footage used showed Ellis, of Neenah, banging his gavel and shouting at lawmakers during debate of a bill requiring doctors who perform abortions to have hospital admitting privileges. The ad has been airing on television stations in Green Bay.
Planned Parenthood attorney Nicole Safar responded Wednesday, urging the public to watch the entire debate to “make their own decision about Sen. Mike Ellis.”
My decision after watching it: Senate Democrats were acting like children, Ellis was trying to maintain order. Five seconds of video tells a completely different take than thirty minutes of video.
Planned Parenthood of Wisconsin knows this; and if they aren’t smart, all the money they hoped to use to finance their operations in the Badger State will end up in escrow to help finance about five years of WisconsinEye’s production costs.
By the way, for every liberal in Wisconsin who’s bitching about what WisconsinEye is doing, consider this: C-SPAN does the exact same thing and always has when it comes to copyright of their video.