Pawlenty Runs into Trouble with Use of ‘Miracle on Ice’ Footage in New TV Ad

By Eliza

Jul 21, 2011 6:06pm

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ABC News' Matthew Jaffe (@matthewbjaffe) reports: 

Miracle on Ice? Try Mess-up on Air.

In his new TV ad "The American Comeback" Tim Pawlenty hoped to position himself as a tenacious underdog by using footage of the famous US hockey victory in the "Miracle on Ice," but so far he has only run into problems.

Pawlenty spokesman Alex Conant says in a statement: "All of our campaign television advertising is carefully reviewed by the campaign's lawyers to ensure compliance with the copyright laws, the federal election laws, and other legal provisions. The campaign's "Miracle on Ice" advertisement was carefully reviewed for legal compliance and we believe fully complies with the "fair use" doctrine. We respect ABC's concern and look forward to responding to their inquiry."

According to a statement issued by ESPN: "Neither ABC nor ESPN has asked the Pawlenty campaign to remove any footage from their video, although neither ABC nor ESPN licensed the video to them or authorized its use."

In addition, Pawlenty's ad features the US team's captain Mike Eruzione. Eruzione, though, doesn't support Pawlenty – he supports Mitt Romney.

Watch the ad HERE.

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