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.