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Wednesday, May 6, 2009

Miss California/USA Debate Heats Up Over Use of Pageant Footage, Photos

Speculation is increasing that Miss California/USA Carrie Prejean could lose her title after the leak of those semi-nude photos, not necessarily because of the pix, but because she failed to disclose the existence of the photos to pageant officials and because she is working with an outside organization, again without the permission of pageant officials. According to the AP, Miss Universe officials have asked the National Organization for Marriage, the group with which Ms. Prejean is working, to cease using her ad because it includes footage of the 2009 Miss USA pageant. The NOM, however, claims fair use in the materials.

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