Valdosta Man Takes Legal Action Against GA Senator Over Use Of Video

By: Greg Gullberg Email
By: Greg Gullberg Email

Valdosta, GA - A videographer in Valdosta is taking legal action against Georgia District 8 State Senator Tim Golden.

John Quarterman says video he shot was used in an "Attack Ad" against Senate candidate Bikram Mohanty without his permission.

"A video posted on Youtube that clearly says that attribution is required. And there's no attribution, no sources sighted, and he didn't ask permission. That's mis-use of our material," Quarterman said.

Quarterman is a videographer for the Lowndes Area Knowledge Exchange known as "LAKE". He is also a Committee Member for the Lowndes Democratic Party.

Quarterman learned of the advertisement using his video this week. He immediately took it to his lawyer who is serving Senator Golden's campaign a cease and desist letter.

But Golden's campaign spokesman in Atlanta says they have every right to use the video.

"He's only doing this for political means," said Howard Mead, campaign spokesman. "When he uploaded his video onto Youtube he agreed to a Youtube license that specifically grants anyone on Youtube the right to re-use and edit the video."

You can take a look at the legal text on Youtube but without a lawyer there is no way to definitively know who's right.

The Senator Golden Campaign is switching out the Ad with another using different images of Mohanty.


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