DAILY NEWS AD SPIKED
The Los Angeles Daily News will not run the Villaraigosa ad on Sunday, May 6, as we had reported earlier.
(Download .pdf copy of the ad)
On May 3, two days after the final artwork and Cashier's Check had been handed to the Daily News, American Patrol received a memo (fax and email) from the Los Angeles Times demanding that we stop using their photo and logo in the ad. We immediately checked with a lawyer who specializes in this issue (Brian L. Buckley) and learned that the use of a portion of the front page of the Times in the ad was covered by the Fair Use Doctrine. "This isn't even close," Buckley said, "What you are doing is legal and the Times knows it." (Buckley is currently in litigation with the Times representing FreeRepublic.com.)
On the morning of May 4, American Patrol got a call from the Daily News saying the ad would not run. Since they had already approved of the ad, it was clear that the Los Angeles Times had put pressure on them to kill it.
The Daily News said that if we altered the ad, they would reconsider, but they refused to tell us what needed to be altered (obviously not wanting to admit that the Times had gotten to them.)
NO CHOICE BUT THE COURTS?
The Times had a copy of the ad for more than a week and said nothing. They know their claim of copyright infringement is totally bogus, yet they had the audacity to use a false accusation to stop us from telling the truth to the voters of Los Angeles.
Powerful forces do not want the people to know the truth about Antonio Villaraigosa and they will go to any lengths to stop us. This kind of tyranny is growing in America.
It seems that the only recourse we have is to sue the Los Angeles Times. We are thinking this over this weekend. If anyone has any ideas, please let me know.
Ad Focuses on Villaraigosa Ties to Mexico - Press Release (May 3, 2001)
AmericanPatrol.com sues L.A. Times, Daily News - Press Release (May 10, 2001)
DAVID AND GOLIATH
AMERICAN PATROL TAKES ON THE L.A. TIMES
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Join American Patrol as it announces its lawsuit against the Los Angeles Times and the Daily News.
TODAY -10:30 AM
FRIDAY, MAY 11, 2001
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Get a full-size copy of the ad killed by the Times and Daily News. Meet Ezola Foster, Terry Anderson and lawyer Brian L. Buckley.