Good news: McCain pulls new celebrity ad over copyright claim by Mike Myers

posted at 5:32 pm on August 12, 2008 by Allahpundit

Look at it from their perspective, though: It’s not like any fourth-grader with a passing acquaintance of copyright law could have seen this coming, especially after being burned once before.

That would take at least a fifth-grade education.

The re-edited ad’s already back up; you’ll find it below, sans the “Wayne’s World” snippet at the end. Presumably the campaign expected this, decided to use the footage anyway on the off chance that no one would bug them about it, and figured that even if someone did, the ad would already have long since gone viral before they’d be asked to act on it. Mitigating factor: For the moment, at least, Jake Tapper seems to think it was the scrutiny the ad got from nutroots idiots for its supposed racism that pressured McCain into taking it down. Exit question: Will Tapper now argue that because Maverick didn’t address the left’s criticism by editing out the bits with white women while he was revamping the ad for the copyright claim, he’s essentially validated the racism charge retrospectively? Damn it, there has to be some racism here somewhere.


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Conservative women are hotter.

Weebork on August 12, 2008 at 5:37 PM

Myers could use publicity, his last movie made what, $5?

Sir Loin on August 12, 2008 at 5:39 PM

We’re sorry, this video is no longer available.

Kaptain Amerika on August 12, 2008 at 5:41 PM

btw We are all Georgians Today!

Kaptain Amerika on August 12, 2008 at 5:42 PM

We’re sorry, this video is no longer available.

Kaptain Amerika on August 12, 2008 at 5:41 PM

Ditto.

What gives Allah? Don’t tease the underlings.

omnipotent on August 12, 2008 at 5:42 PM

I wondered if he got the okey-dokey from MM and DC, or whomever is in charge of the WW stuff as soon as I saw that snippet at the end.

Guess not.

LickyLicky on August 12, 2008 at 5:42 PM

Day one buzz obviously is more important than longevity in the McCain camp’s eyes, especially for ads that are never going to see their way to regular TV other than on some news shows. If the Obama people were smart, they’d start saying McCain has no respect for U.S. copyright laws (which would make Barack’s Hollywood supporters happy, though it’s more likely the chosen one’s followers are illegally downloading music and video than Mavericks’ peeps are).

jon1979 on August 12, 2008 at 5:44 PM

We’re sorry, this video is no longer available.

kc8ukw on August 12, 2008 at 5:47 PM

eff Mike Myers

pseudonominus on August 12, 2008 at 5:50 PM

Here it is.

Might want to consider that a copyright flap actually extends discussion of the ad.

Karl on August 12, 2008 at 5:52 PM

Jake Tapper seems to think it was the scrutiny the ad got from nutroots idiots for its supposed racism that pressured McCain into taking it down.

Tapper is intelligent, but constantly get attacked by nutroots. So, he wanted for them to think otherwise once. (He hates “the one”)

Anita on August 12, 2008 at 5:52 PM

PS: Talking point = Celebrity gets miffed at appearing in celebrity ad.

Though another movie like The Love Guru and Myers will be living entirely from Shrek royalties.

Karl on August 12, 2008 at 5:55 PM

Saw that one comin’. In fact somebody here on at HotAir called it yesterday, forget who though.

Tony737 on August 12, 2008 at 5:55 PM

For the moment, at least, Jake Tapper seems to think it was the scrutiny the ad got from nutroots idiots for its supposed racism that pressured McCain into taking it down.

holy shit. 100% worth it just to see even the more “objective” reporters lose their minds.

and what Karl said.

funky chicken on August 12, 2008 at 5:56 PM

So, what Mike Myers is saying is: “You’re not worthy, you’re not worthy…”

manwithblackhat on August 12, 2008 at 5:56 PM

Hmmmm. Weren’t the Wayne’s World skits on Saturday Night Live? Why would Mike Meyers own the copyright for that?

funky chicken on August 12, 2008 at 5:58 PM

I don’t think a copyright claim could be won by Myers. If you look at the fair use exception, the ad fits in quite nicely: it’s a very small sample of the original, doesn’t harm the existing market for the material, is political speech, and is satire.

But probably not worth McCain’s time to litigate it.

blue13326 on August 12, 2008 at 5:59 PM

Myers could use publicity, his last movie made what, $5?

Sir Loin on August 12, 2008 at 5:39 PM

ROFLOL

Branch Rickey on August 12, 2008 at 6:02 PM

FWIW, from what I have seen SNL is almost Disneyesque in their copyright control, and you know what, good for them . I still dig that “ownership” thing.
Why give it away for free if you don;t want to or have to.

bbz123 on August 12, 2008 at 6:04 PM

btw We are all Georgians Today!

Kaptain Amerika on August 12, 2008 at 5:42 PM

+1

Branch Rickey on August 12, 2008 at 6:04 PM

I read Tapper all the time. He is nearly an equal opportunity whacker. He fairly obviously states things in such a way as to get maximum effect in the comments section. He smacks Obama, Hillary, and McCain, although not in equal proportion.

Buford Gooch on August 12, 2008 at 6:09 PM

Because if OBAMA had used the same footage they would have said the same thing.

Right?

catmman on August 12, 2008 at 6:15 PM

video is gone…

unseen on August 12, 2008 at 6:53 PM

B:
Footage from Wayne’s World:
1: Did they pay for its use or get permission from Paramount?
2: I highly doubt Mike Myers (a Canadian) or Dana Carvey are McCain supporters.

C:
This horribly lame, classless, unprofessional video will be yanked soon enough.

Dave Rywall on August 11, 2008 at 7:08 PM
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Hmm. The yanking took all of, what, 24 hours?

It’s ridiculous how McCain’s people continue to use footage and music without permission.

Dave Rywall on August 12, 2008 at 7:08 PM

Well, I predicted this might happen in yesterdays thread…

JetBoy on August 12, 2008 at 8:52 PM

I’m wondering if they actually got permission to use that. Will we see an edited version of this ad tomorrow?

JetBoy on August 11, 2008 at 4:46 PM

I’m just always right..:-)

JetBoy on August 12, 2008 at 8:56 PM

Here’s a working YouTube vid

JetBoy on August 12, 2008 at 9:06 PM

were not worthy, was copyrighted, really?

Dr Evil on August 12, 2008 at 10:18 PM

Because if OBAMA had used the same footage they would have said the same thing.

Right?

catmman on August 12, 2008 at 6:15 PM

Your assumptions betray your ignorance.

It is the responsibility of the owner of the trademark, copyright or patent to proactively protect their intellectual property. Negligent or even lackluster attempts to protect their trademark or copyright can be used against them if their ownership is contested.

You gotta go after everyone who f*cks with your IP or you weaken its protection.

This stuff is cleared up real easy before the fact. I think Camp McCain knew they would get dinged but went for it anyway. I think IP, though quite malleable in a post-napster world, is still very important.

IP protection is one of the few rights specifically detailed in our Constitution. John McCain knows this but chose to ignore it, our Constitution that is. Or at least the IP clause.

I like humor. I like painfully truthful humor. McCain wins a lot of points for that. But he bottoms out like the General Lee with these other effups. I long for the days of the green backdrop.

It’s sad depth we’ve sunk to for the sake of a few laughs during a campaign. McCain wipes his butt with a document for which he was willing to endure inconceivable torture, degradation and pain.

long story
short

The Race Card on August 13, 2008 at 1:32 AM

Oddly enough, Alice Cooper will more than likely vote McCain.

- The Cat

MirCat on August 13, 2008 at 1:33 AM

Obama with white women – racist.

Obama with black women – racist.

Obama with tall structures – racist.

Yeah… How many days until November?

Seixon on August 13, 2008 at 3:36 AM

Seems to be pulled as of 0056 PDT.

{^_^}

herself on August 13, 2008 at 3:56 AM