BNP in hot water over 'Millionaire' promotion literature
| Sunday, 11 May 2008 Source: Dewsbury Reporter
CAMPAIGN literature by the BNP that used images from the TV show Who Wants to Be a Millionaire? fell foul of copyright rules.
A leaflet to promote BNP hopeful Alan Girvan in Dewsbury East was withdrawn after Carl Morphett of the anti-fascist group Kirklees Unity highlighted the breach.
The leaflet featured Labour councillors Paul Kane and Eric Firth above the caption: ‘Q. How many years have you promised to clean up Dewsbury?'
2waytrafEc, the company that owns the copyright on the Who Wants to Be a Millionaire? images, wrote to Mr Girvan's agent, Coun David Exley, demanding that the leaflets were withdrawn.
Coun Exley said the leaflet was no longer being distributed by the time the complaint occurred.
He said: "The company telephoned me about it. There was no shouting and - bawling.
"They said they weren't - happy with the image being used to promote any political organisation - not just the BNP. "I gave them notice that it had been withdrawn."
He said the agreement was formalised in writing - and that was the end of the matter.
He said he was furious over comments from Carl Morphett "It makes my blood boil. Carl Morphett has nothing better to do than criticise other people's efforts," he added.
Mr Morphett said: "Mr Exley should know that as an agent for Mr Girvan he should have played by the rules."