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Does the Lt. Governor's Job Description Include Breaking the Law?

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Yesterday, after launching a video attack on Mayor Gavin Newsom--it pointed out that he doesn't know what the Lt. Governor's job entails--candidate Janice Hahn, an L.A. City Councilmember, quickly came under fire herself for possible copyright infringements, according to lawyer Ben Sheffner at the Copyrights and Campaigns blog, via LA Observed. See, she used Sam Cooke's "Wonderful World" as the soundtrack to the above video, which has now been relaunched sans sound (watch it above).

"The use of the song was 'unauthorized,' Valerie Collin, spokeswoman for publisher Abkco Music & Records, Inc., confirmed to me in an email," wrote Sheffner. "Hahn's campaign could well be facing a pretty strong copyright suit."

To add insult to injury, her campaign explicitly gave "full permission to any entity to run the video, or any portion of it, as many times as it would like."