Senate Candidate Angle Accuses Senator Reid Of Copyright Infringement For Displaying Angle's Website
from the that's-not-how-this-works dept
The internet never forgets, but apparently, someone involved in the Senate election campaign for Sharron Angle was unaware of this fact. It appears that Angle and her staff are also quite unaware of The Streisand Effect. As you may or may not know, Angle is running for US Senator in Nevada, where she’s challenging current Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid. Reid, apparently, has been using images from Angle’s primary campaign website against her. Angle apparently totally revamped her website after winning the primary, apparently to tone down some of the rhetoric on the website. So, she’s not very pleased that Reid is showing off her old website — which his staff apparently reposted at a new domain.
So, what does she do? She sends a cease-and-desist to Reid for publishing her own website claiming that it infringed on her copyright. No, seriously. You can read the cease & desist here and laugh along with it. Her lawyers claim that Reid only did this to capture email addresses under false pretenses, but it seems pretty clear that Reid’s campaign just wanted to highlight some of Angle’s more incendiary comments from the primary campaign, which she’s now trying to back away from.
And, of course, because of all of this, Angle and her lawyers handed the Reid campaign a perfect peg to highlight exactly those statements.