The threat, contained in a letter delivered to Jackson at the Los Angeles District Attorney's Office in downtown Los Angeles, complains of the "unauthorized use of various copyrighted photographs that appear on the website identified as: www.electionhangover2.com."
The website displays a video attacking Trutanich for reneging on his promise to voters that, if elected, he would not seek higher office. Trutanich's so-called 'Pledge to Serve' is righteously hammered in 'Election Hangover Part II,' a political parody suggesting voters might wake up to the awful reality of what they did in a moment of foolishness - voting for Trutanich.
Although the October 14, 2011 threat letter does not identify Carmen Trutanich as a client of the law firm, Alan Jackson's campaign manager, John Thomas, told the Daily News that he believed Trutanich was behind the threat. "There's only one person in the world that would have a vested interest in having us tear down that video, and that is our opponent, and he is a very thin-skinned individual," Thomas said.
Trutanich certainly seemed to know enough about the threat letter to make it implausible that he was not the instigator of this threat. Trutanich's response to questions about the threat letter was that it "was sent on behalf of a photographer who worked for the 2009 city attorney bid," Trutanich told the Daily News, also claiming that he did not authorize the sending of the letter himself.
Curiously, the photographer is also not named in the threat letter. The Daily News, however, contacted the law firm who sent Trutanich's threat letter and they claimed to be "representing Redinger." This is believed to be Scott Libolt, a photographer at Miami based Redinger-Libolt Photo. The Daily News was able to contact someone who apparently identified themselves as Scott Redinger who said he "was the definitely the photographer," but he said he couldn't comment any further, "I was told not to talk to reporters," he said.
The photograph apparently complained of by Trutanich appears for only a fraction of a second in the Election Hangover Part II video, at about 1 minute 29 seconds into the video, and appears to be either the same or similar to a photograph that appears on Libolt's portraits portfolio.
|The photograph apparently used without permission in Election Hangover Part II|
appears to be similar to one featured on the Redinger-Libolt Photo website.
|The Redinger-Libolt photo of Trutanich is routinely used by the LA Weekly without|
express permission or any credit to any copyright holder.
Trutanich, of course, has quite a reputation for making threats as well as hiding behind others to deliver his threats. In 2009, when questions arose about Trutanich's sudden hospitalization, respected author and sometime blogger John Mailander aka 'Mulholland Terrace' was threatened with a slander action for publishing a comment appearing on the LA Times website. The comment suggested heavy alcohol use may be involved in the hospitalization. Mailander was immediately threatened with a slander lawsuit by Trutanich via his Special Assistant Jane Usher.
Trutanich's apparent willingness to use threats and wildly inaccurate accusations while hiding behind the skirts of others to launch attacks against people who don't agree with him should give voters sufficient reason to question his suitability for any elected office, let alone that of the District Attorney's Office.
Despite saying that he would not speak to reporters about his breach of copyright claim, Scott Libolt-Redinger aka Scott Redinger-Libolt has just published a comment to the Daily News article:
In order to help Carmen Trutanich understand copyright law, images depicted here appear pursuant to the Fair Use Doctrine:
Copyright Disclaimer: Under Section 107 of the Copyright Act 1976, allowance is made for "fair use" for purposes such as criticism, comment, news reporting, teaching, scholarship, and research. Fair use is a use permitted by copyright statute that might otherwise be infringing. Non-profit, educational or personal use tips the balance in favor of fair use.