ABC Sports Sends Cease & Desist to Pawlenty Over Ad
Tim Pawlenty is getting a very special reaction to his new TV ad, in which he calls on Iowa voters to “prove the experts wrong” and give his struggling campaign an underdog’s victory: A cease-and-desist letter from ABC Sports. They’re going after him for unauthorized use of sports footage from the 1980 “Miracle on Ice” U.S. hockey team.
“It’s a violation of our copyright and exclusive proprietary rights,” said Louise Argianas, director of rights and clearances for ABC Sports, the Des Moines Register reports.
“And they used our announcer’s voice which they are not allowed to do either,” Argianas added “Which I’m going to have to call his agent about.”