NJ candidate accused of copyright theft by Monty Python

Speaking as someone who lives in NJ & has been inundated with election dirt for the last few months, this sadly does not surprise me as much as it should...


Christie is accused of copyright theft by Monty Python
By The Star-Ledger Continuous News Desk
November 02, 2009, 2:55PM

Republican Chris Christie gathers himself before facing off with Democratic Gov. Jon Corzine and independent Chris Daggett in the first gubernatorial debate October 1 in Trenton. Members of Monty Python are considering suing Republican gubernatorial candidate Chris Christie, according to a report in the Huffington Post. The group believes that Christie used scenes from one of their copyrighted skits without receiving permission.

The TV ad, which also appeared on Christie's YouTube campaign site before being removed Sunday, featured attacks on Gov. Jon Corzine. It used scenes from "Monty Python's Flying Circus" TV show that features Michael Palin, the report stated.

"It is totally outrageous that a former U.S. Attorney knows so little about the law that he thinks he can rip off people. On the other hand -- another of Bush's legal appointees was Alberto Gonzales and he didn't seem to know much about the law either ...," Monty Python's Terry Jones told the Huffington Post.

Christie, speaking to reporters after a campaign stop in Tinton Falls, said he was glad he has been able to insert humor into the campaign with his online videos, but said he was sorry if Monty Python members were upset.

"I just heard about that," he said. "I'm sure we'll be willing to work that out."

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