NPR to anti-gay campaign in Maine: Stop using our content in t.v. ad

I wrote earlier today that YouTube had pulled the latest ad by the anti-gay side in Maine because of a copyright claim made by National Public Radio.

It gets better.

NPR wants its content pulled from the ad running on Maine’s t.v. stations, too:

National Public Radio is demanding that the Stand for Marriage Maine group stop using its content in television ads supporting a people’s veto of a new same-sex marriage law.

Content from an NPR story was used in Stand for Marriage Maine’s latest television ad, which began airing Oct. 16 and suggests that gay relationships and gay sex may be discussed in schools if the law isn’t overturned.

The Sept. 13, 2004 story, titled “Massachsuetts Schools Grapple with Including Gay & Lesbian Relationships in Sex Education,” was part of an All Things Considered program, according to Dana Davis Rehm, NPR’s senior vice president for marketing, communications, and external relations.

“NPR did not license use of this story or its content, and would certainly not have licensed or permitted it if we had been asked,” Rehm said in a statement. “NPR is a highly respected news organization and does not allow its content to be used by political or advocacy groups. Such use is harmful to the integrity and independence of NPR. NPR does allow – even encourage — personal, non-commercial use of our content, so long as it is not modified, and not used in a manner that suggests NPR promotes or endorses a cause, idea, Web site, product or service. The use made by Stand for Marriage Maine violated all of these terms.”

Can’t wait to see how Marc Mutty and his boss, Bishop Malone, respond to this request.

Just yesterday, Mutty admitted that his side’s ads have been misleading. No wonder NPR doesn’t want its content used by that campaign.


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