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Oct 29, 2012 6:24 PM by AP

Boustany ad raises complaint from TV station

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - A Lafayette TV station has asked Republican U.S. Rep. Charles Boustany to stop using footage from its newscast in a campaign ad attacking his GOP opponent, U.S. Rep. Jeff Landry.

Andrew Shenkan, president and general manager for KATC Communications, sent a letter to Boustany campaign manager John Porter late last week, saying use of the footage is a copyright and trademark infringement.

"Your use of footage from KATC's newscast for your own political purposes infringes on both the copyright of KATC and the integrity of KATC's news product, calling into question our prized impartiality. We must insist that the footage be deleted immediately," Shenkan wrote.

KATC also reported the Boustany ad misrepresents the information from its newscast.

The ad blames the Landry campaign for circulating a pamphlet that had false information about Boustany's record.

The pamphlet was produced by FreedomWorks for America, a super PAC that is supporting Landry and is prohibited from coordinating with the candidate, and distributed by a Lafayette tea party chapter in the 3rd District congressional race.

Landry said he had nothing to do with the brochure, and the tea party groups took the blame, a point reported in the KATC news story that aired Oct. 16 and that is used in the Boustany ad.

Porter didn't immediately respond Monday to a question about whether the Boustany campaign was complying with KATC's request to stop using the footage.

Boustany and Landry were forced into the same congressional district when Louisiana lost a House seat after the latest federal census. They are among five candidates on the Nov. 6 ballot for the southwest Louisiana-based seat.

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