Fox News reportedly puts out notice for restrictions of footage use from GOP debate

Fox News is being criticized over apparent restrictions on the use of footage from the upcoming Republican Party presidential debate as a copy of a document warning media rivals of potential legal action is circulating on social media.

The conservative network has exclusive rights to the August 23 event which will be held at the Fiserv Forum in downtown Milwaukee, Wisconsin, the first matchup of GOP hopefuls that may or may not include former President Donald J. Trump, the current frontrunner.

According to the document, which was posted to Twitter/X by conservative radio personality Chris Stigall, the debate broadcast exclusively belongs to Fox News which purportedly advised of strict limitations over how much footage can be used and for how long it can be used with the threat of legal consequences for any violations of its terms.

“Fox News is telling everyone in media not directly affiliated with them that the August 23rd Republican debate is exclusively theirs and no one is allowed to air any clips of the broadcast beyond three total minutes, and never again after a 7 day window. In other words, they’re treating this debate as if it’s an NFL or MLB broadcast. It’s not. This has never been done and deserves a legal challenge,” Stigall wrote, calling for someone to take the network to court over the alleged restrictions.

“You are hereby advised to respect Fox News’ exclusive rights to the Debate by not broadcasting, transmitting, selling, licensing, giving, bartering, exchanging or otherwise disseminating the Debate, or any portion thereof, regardless of whether Fox News supplied you the Debate or if the Debate or excerpts were supplied to you by other sources,” the alleged document states.

It goes on to list restrictions that must be adhered to if permission is granted to use debate footage including, not airing “more than a total amount of three minutes (3:00) of excerpts from the Debate in any one program (including video and audio)” and that “under no circumstances” should an excerpt be used past a seven day period from the end of the debate. Archiving is also forbidden.

“Any use of the Debate, except as specifically described above or as permitted pursuant to Fox News’ agreements with its subscribers, and affiliates, will be regarded as a violation of our rights and may subject violators to liability under applicable laws. Fox News reserves all rights and remedies in the event of any violations of its rights,” the advisory states.

“A candidates debate is not a paid licensing agreement like football or a movie. Fair use applies,” Stigall added in another tweet.

“These are REPUBLICAN debates, not FOX News debates,” tweeted radio host Larry O’Connor who frequently appears on the network, calling for RNC Chairwoman Ronna McDaniel “to fix this right now, if she wants talk radio and conservative news outlets to spend any time informing the public about the GOP candidates for president.”

Also calling for action from McDaniel was conservative radio host and Second Amendment advocate Dana Loesch who tweeted, “If accurate, these are worse than Super Bowl restrictions. Unacceptable. Fix it”

“This is insane. Fox is now threatening to sue all other networks if they air more than a total of 3 minutes of clips from the upcoming Republican debate during a 7 day time period on a show. 3 minutes total per show for an entire week,” tweeted prolific left-wing troll Ron Filipkowski.

Newsweek, which reported on the alleged Fox News advisory, states that the document has yet to be “independently verified” by the outlet.

Another upcoming GOP debate, this one on September 27 at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library in Simi Valley, CA is slated to be hosted by Fox Business.

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