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Proviso Probe

Monday, August 13, 2007

Peraica has campaign kick-off tomorrow night

This weekend State's Attorney Dick Devine announced he will not run for re-election. See Sun-Times (Steve Patterson).

Cook County Commissioner Anthony Peraica (R-Riverside) will announce his candidacy tomorrow night. For information on Peraica's candidacy see his campaign website.

When? Tuesday, August 14, 6:00 PM
Where? Pescatore Palace, 3400 N. River Road, Franklin Park

The campaign wants $50 per person. Larger contributions are welcome.

  • $1,000--activist
  • $2,500--crimefighter
  • $5,000--reformer

If I could mention one issue I have with Peraica's website.... The section with news articles reprints the whole articles. There are five links under "latest updates" slightly right of center on the main web page. The titles are:
These are all reprints of entire articles from local newspapers. Copyright law prohibits reprinting entire articles without obtaining permission (which usually costs money) from the original publication. If you want more background on copyright law, see Wikipedia.

One is allowed to borrow small portions of the original article under the Fair Use Doctrine.

No politician should be making the mistake of using whole newspaper articles. But it's doubly embarrassing for Peraica since he's an attorney who is already an elected official and he's running to be the chief law enforcement officer for the county.

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  • I raised this same issue about Peter Roskam's website, but it didn't catch on at the time.

    By Blogger Carl Nyberg, at 2:13 PM, August 13, 2007  

  • An astute observation.

    By Blogger Cook County Cretin, at 5:31 PM, August 13, 2007  

  • I know this doesn't have nothin to do with Peraica but guess who was caught "green handed" cutting the grass at Dist. 88 with a cap pulled down over his head? Nobody but Mayor Benny Mazulla!
    He's got the grass cutting contract for Distrct 88! gettin paid!

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 10:31 PM, August 13, 2007  

  • Peraica's Web site falls under fair use...credit is given to the author and publication. Every political organization and campaign in America would be guilty if your theory held true - Democrat and Republican.

    For examples of what I'm talking about, please see:





    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 12:58 PM, August 14, 2007  

  • While the examples show the practice is more widespread than I thought, they do not fall under a reasonable interpretation of fair use. See Wikipedia.

    Free Republic, LLC, owner of the political website freerepublic.com, was found liable for copyright infringement in L.A. Times v. Free Republic for reproducing and archiving full-text versions of plaintiffs' news articles even though the judge found the website minimally commercial. She held that "while defendants' do not necessarily 'exploit' the articles for commercial gain, their posting to the Free Republic site allows defendants and other visitors to avoid paying the 'customary price' charged for the works."

    By Blogger Carl Nyberg, at 1:39 PM, August 14, 2007  

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