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NOM Will Fight Back Against Perez Hilton’s Copyright Thuggery

Filed under: General — Patterico @ 9:36 pm

Good news: the Perez Hilton copyright thuggery will be challenged.

Copyright lawyer and blogger Ben Sheffner reports:

The National Organization for Marriage has rejected a demand by an attorney for Mario Lavandeira (aka blogger Perez Hilton) that the anti-gay-marriage group cease and desist broadcast of a TV ad that includes a 3-second clip of Lavandeira calling Miss California USA a “dumb [beep].” . . . The firestorm appears to be far from over.


As has been observed, neither party has particularly clean hands, as Perez Hilton has screamed “fair use” where he shouldn’t have, and NOM has raised copyright claims where they shouldn’t have.

None of that particularly matters to the present debate; all it does is give each side ample opportunity to point the Finger of Dispproval at whichever side they wish to hold accountable for its hypocrisy. But even if we assume for the sake of argument that both sides are hypocrites, the present controversy is what it is: a thug using a transparently frivolous legal claim to squelch criticism.

It won’t work. Bring it on, Perez Hilton. The further you take this, the worse you’ll look.

20 Responses to “NOM Will Fight Back Against Perez Hilton’s Copyright Thuggery”

  1. Do not let go of this one, Patterico.

    I still wish that Miss Cali would have just said that her position mirrors our dirty little socialist President.

    And the abject double standard employed where Perez can call a lady a bitch and a cunt without recrimination is breath-taking.

    JD (d71a7a)

  2. And let’s all remember that it is Perez Hilton‘s mouth that created this mess. The more people who see him for what he is due to his own words and actions, the better.

    And though I know it won’t happen, I would love to see some prominent gays denounce his actions—after all, to deal with supposed intolerance by being…intolerant…doesn’t help the cause of gay marriage. GayPatriot spoke out against this, I know.

    Furthermore, something tells me that Mr. Perez is not particularly interested in marriage, gay or straight or multipronged.

    This is all about…Perez Hilton.

    Eric Blair (33cc23)

  3. nom, nom, nom…….. i can has perezburger?

    /hairball to follow

    redc1c4 (9c4f4a)

  4. Clear legal questions aside (nice, nice job Patterico), it’s clear he was embarrassed by the clip almost immediately; as soon as he appeared on TV smugly retracting his apology and wishing he’d called her a “c—“, his own video calling her a “dumb b—-” self-disappeared. Wow, the backlash he must have gotten, but quick.

    Delighted to see his little attempt at spleen-venting and/or self promotion backfiring so splendidly and utterly.

    How’s that “professional judge” persona thing working out for you, Mr. Lavandeira?

    no one you know (1ebbb1)

  5. GayPatriot spoke out against this, I know.

    Saw that, Eric, and it was well written. Thanks for the ref.

    no one you know (1ebbb1)

  6. Is this the beginning of the end?

    The Emperor7 (0c8c2c)

  7. Bring it on, Perez Hilton. The further you take this, the worse you’ll look

    To whom? You think he gives a d**m how he looks to you? To his audience, all is fair in love and mocking conservatives and his stock tracks your indignation (just as the reverse in true with Coulter and Limbaugh).

    steve sturm (369bc6)

  8. steve, you may be right. I hope there is some chance that the bigots of the left who hate Ms California’s humble practicing of her religion are capable of being shamed.

    At the very least, it’s unlikely that any organization using ‘Perez’ as a judge will have much credibility. In fact, it’s already clear that this pageant has lost most of its credibility. In LA proper, that may not matter, but it may matter to the bottom line.

    Will people feel good about whoever sponsor’s next year’s pageant? A few will, but most will not.

    Juan (4cdfb7)

  9. Come a long way since Anita Bryant

    Once a show case of what is good in America is now becoming a cartoon of the opposite

    EricPWJohnson (aefca0)

  10. Perez Hilton is a mean-spirited, spiteful and nasty little man with his own agenda. He is gay first and a human being second and therein lies his biggest flaw! He is beating the Miss California thing to death because it garners him attention. He refers to all the celebrities about whom he writes in familiar terms – as though they were his friends – when in point of fact, they don’t know him nor do they care to! Pathetic little gnome!

    Gayle Miller (e5a6d9)

  11. The term “gay activist” is so….bland.

    I prefer to use the term “sodomy advocate”.

    Dr. K (e70a2d)

  12. Mario should play nice. He is not as anonymous as he thinks.

    LOS ANGELES, CA 90046,+CA++90046&oe=utf-8&client=firefox-a&ie=UTF8&hl=en&z=16&iwloc=A

    Hondo (9716a0)

  13. It’s public information available to anyone with a computer. 100% legal. Mario is not the only one in cyberspace with a computer.

    Hondo (9716a0)

  14. Hondo – Are you in some kind of contest with Perez to see who is the biggest douchenozzle?

    JD (26478a)

  15. It’s public information available to anyone with a computer. 100% legal.

    Legal isn’t always in good taste.

    Which is the primary indictment against Lavandeira.

    EW1(SG) (5766f7)

  16. #10 sodomy advocate? I expect the vast majority of gays are far from emulating the antics of the Folsom Street Fair. Given that, I don’t care what Mr. Perez does betweensheets at all. Once again, do Miss California’s detractors not see the hypocrisy of condemning her as a homophobe while giving their Duh-1 a free pass for having the same opinion? If there was any truth to the scandalous assertions that Obamessiah was engaged in homosexual booty bandit behavior at the good Preacher Wright’s church, how could he not place more value on the desires of the gay community?
    Recalling the activities of ACT UP! protestors in Philly years ago, I don’t think it won them any converts to their philosophical cause and I doubt mr. laundryman paris hilton wannabe is looked upon kindly by people outside his own entertainment group or perhaps the likes of the strange ‘tards that inhabit places like DU and KOS.

    aoibhneas (0c6cfc)

  17. I recall fondly back to the early part of my 30 year police career when everyone in my department was forced to undergo cultural diversity training. We were forced to explorer (undergo attempted brainwashing)the culture of many different groups. I fondly remember the day we had the course involving relations with the gay community.

    Sitting in class being talked down to by some flamer with an attitude like Perez Hilton’s is the last place a bunch of hard charging street cops want to be.

    In order to break the ice, our openly gay instructor decided to do an exercise where as a class we would go through all the negative names for gays. No one wanted to go first so the instructor wrote the first one on the board. I forget what it was now but what followed was like a dam bursting with names being called out like rump ranger, ass bandit. It was the general consensus of the class that the most creative term was gerbil killer.

    I’m not sure what my point is for recounting this story but it’s true. Every word of it. I swear. And you wondered why there is never a cop around when you need one.

    Hondo (9716a0)

  18. re: publication of Lavandeira’s home address.

    Distateful, but will someone be so kind as to notify me when we will meet the enemy on their battlefield?

    After all, we are fighting for the very life of our nation.

    PS: keeping in mind, of course, that we are out of time; and with the Left’s aversion to simple reasoning and logic, shall we do as Obama wishes and hold out an unclenched fist so that our enemy may spit (or worse) it in?

    Asrai (c5946f)

  19. Comment by EricPWJohnson — 5/4/2009 @ 6:15 am

    I think you’re confusing the Miss America Pageant, with the Miss USA Pageant;
    They are different orginizations.

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