Ohio Channel: Governor candidate Cordray should not use footage in campaign ads

The head of Ohio’s government TV channel says Democratic gubernatorial nominee Richard Cordray shouldn’t be using its footage in campaign ads, but Cordray says he’ll continue doing it.

Cleveland.com reports a Cordray ad launched Saturday includes three seconds of Ohio Channel footage from a 2010 news conference held by Cordray when he was Ohio’s attorney general.

Executive Director Dan Shallenbarger says Ohio Channel policy bars use of the quasi-government agency’s video footage for political purposes, and it’s illegal.

Cordray’s campaign cites “fair use,” under which copyrighted material can be used without permission under certain circumstances.

Republican state Rep. Niraj Antani says he was denied permission to use Ohio Channel footage of his floor speeches in past campaigns. Antani supports Cordray’s gubernatorial opponent, Republican Attorney General Mike DeWine.

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