Publishing company wants candidate to stop running ad

Saturday, July 3rd 2004, 11:35 am
By: News On 6

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) _ The publisher of The Oklahoman newspaper is suing U.S. Senate candidate Bob Anthony and his campaign.

The Oklahoma Publishing Co. filed papers in federal court on Friday initiating the lawsuit, claiming copyright violations of the newspaper's nameplate and content in Anthony's television ads.

OPUBCO also alleges one advertisement superimposed back-page stories under the newspaper's nameplate to imply they appeared on the front page.

Anthony campaign officials refused to comment when reached Friday evening.

``I have not had an opportunity to see the documents _ and we won't have a comment until we've had an opportunity to review them,'' said Bill Shapard, campaign manager.

Ed Kelley, editor of The Oklahoman, said Anthony had been asked in writing on June 21 and verbally since then to permanently cease the use of what he described as clearly copyrighted material.

``Since we did not receive assurances this would be done, we had no choice but to file legal action,'' Kelley said.

OPUBCO isn't seeking monetary relief, only an order to force the Anthony campaign to quit running the ads.