Sunday, December 02, 2007

Savage Sues Terrorist Support Organization

Syndicated talk host Michael Savage has filed a copyright infringement suit in California against the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), saying the group is using an almost 5-minute clip of his show for fundraising purposes. CAIR was sent a cease & desist letter, but has yet to remove the the material off of its web site. According to the suit, Savage says even "even genuine charities" must get permission before using copyrighted material. It also claims that CAIR "manipulated" the content to serve its own fundraising purposes by taking it out of context.CAIR therefore "destroyed the value of the copyright material and the performance as a whole," the suit claims. CAIR has been urging advertisers to yank their sports for his show over what they say is a history of anti-Muslim comments. So far, CAIR says OfficeMax, JCPenney, AutoZone and Wal-Mart have all pulled their commercials from his show. The suit maintains that any success of the advertiser boycott effort was "due to the copyright infringement and the false context" of the clip.