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ABC News Pays for Rights to Pictures

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From the Orlando Sentinel...

What did ABC News have to say about Jose Baez’s revelation that the network had paid $200,000 to his client Casey Anthony?

ABC News issued this statement: “In August 2008, we licensed exclusive rights to an extensive library of photos and home videos for use by our broadcast platforms, affiliates and international partners. No use of the material was tied to any interview.”

ABC affiliate WFTV-Channel 9 has used the footage of slain toddler Caylee Anthony repeatedly. WFTV also has noted that it reported the $200,000 figure first, but it had the inside track to that informationi as an ABC affiliate.

In court today, Baez revealed that “$200,000 came from a deal that was done by my client with the American Broadcasting Co. ABC.”

A prosecutor asked: “ABC News?”

Baez said: “Yes.”

That money has been paid, and there is no deal for future money from ABC, Baez said. Baez also dismissed as a rumor the report that he is getting $700,000 in the future.

I asked ABC News if the deal was done with Casey Anthony.

The deal was done with an attorney representing several owners of copyrighted content,  ABC News spokeswoman Cathie Levine said. That attorney is Baez, she added.

The deal was done in the summer of 2008. Casey Anthony was later charged with first-degree murder in the death of her daughter, Caylee.

ABC is owned by the Walt Disney Co., which counts children as its most important customers.