So on to Part II of my Sunday night encounter with Dr. No. I asked Irvine Republican Mayoral candidate Steven Choi about a flyer promoting his candidacy that was dropped off at my door. The flyer contained a cheap photocopied story on an OC Register story written by Thomas Martinez that reported on an inaccurate mailer. I asked Choi if he obtained reprint rights from the Register for this (note to readers: the Register has strict reprint rights of it’s copyrighted material and if you call 714-796-6038 you can hear them spell out that register-originated content may NOT be used in political campaigns).
Choi said Martinez told him he could use the story.
That was a surprise to Martinez when I called him last night and confirmed this morning that no such permission was given. So, No you can’t Dr. Choi.
Now this is the second time Dr. No has used copyrighted material without the permission of the publisher. Choi was part of a newspaper designed to look like the Irvine World News in 2004; it featured edited articles that left bylines on the stories. So this makes Dr. Choi a seasoned liar.
So for our friends at the Register’s legal department, call me for the copy of the flyer left at my door. At the very least, you’re due a check from the Choi campaign.
So let’s review:
Choi was asked a direct question if he paid for reprint rights to copyrighted work. He responded saying he had the permission of the author who holds no legal claim to the copyright. The author says (twice) he never gave Choi or his campaign permission to use the story. The paper has a strict policy against using articles for political campaigns.
We can argue over whether this makes Choi a thief. But what isn’t in dispute is that he lied. And now the reporter knows he lied.
Part III later today.