CHICAGO - It was no surprise when Illinois Policy Institute's new documentary Madigan agitated Democrat establishment types when the hour-long film hit theatres throughout Illinois this week, showed on Facebook, and revealed it will soon be available on local television stations.
But when another group that identifies itself with independent Republicans and dubbed itself "#FakeIllinoisPolicy" released a parody video ridiculing Illinois Policy Institute as "the people that brought you fake newspapers, fake radio networks and fake policy institutes," the development turned heads.
The parody appeared for a short time on Vimeo before the Institute complained and argued copyright infringement. The sources behind #FakeIllinois Policy - who are taking special care to cover their identity - fought back and won the right to republish their short video on YouTube.
The group said in a press release Friday, "We explained to VIMEO that the trailer was protected under parody and fair use and that Illinois Policy Institute's claim against the video had no merit. A screenshot from Capitol Fax, calling the parody 'genius' - thank you by the way - exposed that Illinois Policy just didn't like that their name was used in connection with the video (not a legitimate claim) and that helped us greatly to make our case."
They went on, "VIMEO's attorney said 'Based on your explanation, we have taken another look at the initial takedown notice and found it to be insufficient on closer examination. I have restored the video as you requested.'
The group's animosity towards Illinois Policy Institute was clear, so Illinois Review asked via an email named "Sargeant Schultz" three questions:
1. Why are you working so hard to remain anonymous?
2. Who is funding your efforts?
3. What is your long term goal for www.fakeillinoispolicy.com?
Their replies were as follows: