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Monty Python pelea por derechos de autor

Dibujo del humorista Terry Gilliam, de Monty Python

Monty Python un US election row

Two British comedians are threatening to sue US election candidate Chris Christie. The pair say he used part of their TV show without their permission in his campaign.

Reporter:
Maddy Savage

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Voters in the American states of New Jersey and Virginia will be going to the polls to choose new state governors. This row's over a campaign advert used by a Republican candidate in New Jersey. But it's not his rival politicians who are getting angry, it's the comedians who've had a starring role, without giving their permission.

The advert features part of a Michael Palin sketch from Monty Python's Flying Circus. He asks viewers if they've ever suffered from deja vu... then repeats the question again... and again... and... you get the idea.

The campaign plan was to show up Chris Christie's rival candidate Jon Corzine, who's got a reputation for repeated attempts to impose higher charges on motorways. But Michael Palin's called the whole thing a 'terrible mistake', and his former co-star, Terry Jones, described it as 'totally outrageous'. They're threatening legal action, pointing out Christie himself's a former lawyer who should have done his copyright homework. Michael Palin couldn't resist cracking a joke though, saying Christie had picked the wrong Palin, and should have been after the backing of US politician Sarah Palin.

Despite all the comic drama, Chris Christie is expected to win the vote in New Jersey, even though President Obama made two campaign stops there on Sunday.

Maddy Savage, BBC News

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going to the polls
irán a las urnas

This row's over
Esta disputa se armó porque

without giving their permission
sin dar su permiso (por el uso de su obra)

sketch
sketch

deja vu
algo que parece haber ocurrido antes

you get the idea
(informal) ya entienden (qué está pasando)

to show up
develar

threatening legal action
(están) amenazando con tomar acciones legales

should have done his copyright homework
debería haber estudiado el asunto de los derechos de autor

cracking a joke
contar un chiste

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