Another day, another Republican getting in trouble for using someone else's intellectual property…
Republican candidate Meg Whitman’s campaign recently released a spot that calls Democratic nominee Jerry Brown’s political career a failure. At one point, the ad features a photo of Jerry Brown on what appears to be the FAIL Blog (roughly 50 seconds into the clip embedded below) with "FAIL" stamped over his face. The spot has drawn the ire of the Cheezburger Network, makers of FAIL Blog and I Can Has Cheezburger…
The issue is that the FAIL Blog image used in the ad is obviously manufactured, but the blog makers would rather not be affiliated with either campaign. Saying as much, Huh writes, "The FAIL Blog community involves liberals, conservatives and everyone across the political spectrum. And we do not endorse the use of FAIL Blog’s image or any content on any of the Cheezburger sites for anyone’s political gain."
For someone who made her bones on the Internet, unauthorized use of FAIL Blog seems like a pretty silly mistake. You'd think she and her campaign advisers would know enough to suspect that the Cheeseburger network people would be protective of their product.
I think, instead, she should have made a 4chan-based ad. Those guys are a pretty amicable group, I hear.
Tags: California, Internet, Jerry Brown, Meg Whitman