Politicians and IP – Still Don’t Mix

Every election cycle some band gets mad that a politician with unwelcome views has used the band’s song during campaign events.  I even blogged about one such instance HERE.

Today’s story is even better.  The Republican Party of Florida (“RPOF”) apparently wanted a favorable front-page headline to promote Governor Scott.  RPOF either couldn’t find one or just thought making one up was easier:

The advertisement:


The problem is that, according to the Miami Herald, it never ran a “New Law Helps Put Floridians Back to Work” story.  In fact, RPOF’s ad agency replaced the true headline (“Murders highlight rise in crime in Guatemala”) and the lead photo from the March 5, 2007 edition of the newspaper.  While political speech is nothing less than sacred under the First Amendment, this is pure deception.


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