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Angle (Again) Threatens Legal Action Against Reid After He Reposts Her Old Website


After she won the Republican primary a month ago, Angle's campaign took down most of its website, and later replaced it with a relaunched version that edited her more conservative positions. But the Reid campaign saved the old version, and put up a website called "The Real Sharron Angle," reproducing the old content. Then last Friday, the Angle campaign sent them a cease-and-desist letter, alleging violation of copyrights for Reid having reposted Angle's old campaign literature. In response, the Reid campaign briefly took down the site -- then made some slight modifications, such as removing some e-mail sign-up boxes that had been left intact, and put it right back up again.

As Greg points out: "However she decides to pursue this, the upshot is that it could end up drawing even more media attention to her original Web site than it otherwise might have received. It's a curious strategy."

It should also be noted that Angle's case seems very curious from a First Amendment standpoint -- that a candidate for office is trying to suppress the reproduction of her own past campaign literature, claiming that an opponent cannot use it without her permission in order to criticize her.

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