We shit you not. Consider the following facts:
1. The page on which
the video was originally posted provides code for blogs to embed said
2. Nowhere on the page (or anywhere on the path from
DesMoinesRegister.com homepage to the destination page) is there listed any
footage was being used to call for donations to charity in the wake of a local
natural disaster, in hopes that a visual representation would further stir the
emotions of viewers;
4. We linked back to the Register in the original
version of the article, well before the C&D letter arrived;
Register provided the embed code (Sorry, but it bears repeating).
Quit being dicks!!! M'kay?
Update: Dicks Redacted!!!!1!
"This was a misunderstanding. I apologize on behalf of The Des Moines
Register. Simply an employee trying to do their job but not completely
understanding our new technology (we recently got embed code on our videos). I
take full responsibility for not making this clear to everyone on staff."