Bumped and Updated Again: Looks like Jackson Browne (see August 14, 2008 below) is going to have his day in court:
A court is allowing Jackson Browne to pursue his lawsuit against Sen. John McCain and the Republican National Committee for using his song "Running On Empty" during the presidential campaign.
The U.S. District Court in Los Angeles has denied a motion from McCain and the Republican National Committee to dismiss the lawsuit.
McCain and the RNC had claimed First Amendment rights and fair use in using the song in an online campaign video, but the court disagreed.
A hearing is set for late April. Browne's lawyer, Lawrence Iser, said they're happy that the court recognized that people running for office are not entitled to violate an individual's intellectual property for a political campaign.
McCain has said he was not involved with the making of the video.
Translation: McCain says "the buck doesn't stop here -- what buck?." Did McCain not approve of the video? Of course he did - what a weasel...
Bumped and Updated Again September 5, 2008: What arrogant assholes these Republicans are.
They figure these artists won't allow their music to be associated with lying, thieving republican scum, so the scum don't ask permission, they just steal the music and use it without permission.
McCain is now obviously just totally ignoring the law. They've been put on notice so many times, and they still keep ripping off artists and stealing the music without proper licensing. What despicable little thieves... scum actually - here's the latest:
Heart Duo Furious Over Republicans' Use of 'Barracuda'
Heart stars Ann and Nancy Wilson have slammed U.S. presidential candidate John McCain for using their hit song "Barracuda" as his campaign's theme song without their prior permission.
Republican leader McCain chose the song as the theme track for his running mate Sarah Palin -- whose high-school nickname was "Sarah Barracuda" because of her forceful style of playing basketball.
But the Wilsons are furious their song has been linked in with the McCain campaign trail, and are demanding the track is scrapped from further promotional duties.
Update II: The arrogant McCain campaign is responding, and is indeed ignoring the wishes of the artists that they not use the song, claiming that they have indeed paid for the song and therefore will use it regardless of the artists' objections:
Friday afternoon, we heard back from the McCain campaign, which issued the following statement: "The McCain campaign respects intellectual property rights. Accordingly, prior to using 'Barracuda' at any events, we paid for and obtained all necessary licenses."
It'd make an interesting lawsuit -- with the artists having to show that the usage by the McCrap Campaign was so egregious, so offensive, so damaging... that they are within their rights to refund the licensing fees (if any) and forcing the McLiars to not use the song.
Where do I send the check?
Bumped and Updated Again - August 14, 2008: Looks like the McCain clowns will be going to court for their blatant and repeated disregard for copyright law:
Singer-songwriter Jackson Browne is suing Republican presidential nominee John McCain and the Republican party for using his song "Running on Empty" in a recent TV commercial.
In the suit, filed in U.S. District Court in Los Angeles, Browne claims McCain and the party did not obtain permission to use the song for an ad in which "Senator McCain and the Republicans mock Democratic candidate for president Barack Obama for suggesting that the country conserve gas through proper tire inflation."
This is all part of a repeating pattern for the McCain Clown Circus -- see below...
Updated and Bumped: August 12, 2008 -- They did it again, the second time in two weeks. Apparently copyright laws are among the laws easily ignored by the McCain camp.
When John McCain entered "Wayne's World," he quickly got a dose of Hollywood reality.
As Ticket blogger Don Frederick noted earlier today, the McCain campaign unveiled a new Web ad -- called "Fan Club" -- that continued its effort to deride Barack Obama as little more than a creation of celebrity culture.
Young women swoon over Obama's aura and "soft eyes" and liken him to Bono. All that is fine, at least legally.
But the ad may have crossed the copyright line at the end by including footage of Mike Myers and Dana Carvey doing their Wayne and Garth "We're not worthy" schtick from years past on "Saturday Night Live."
Hollywood types jumped into the fray, directing the McCain campaign to cease and desist -- and so it did.
"Apparently Mike Myers thought we weren't worthy," McCain spokesman Brian Rogers said in an e-mail.
McCain's camp blamed Myers for turning his "people" on the Republican.
However, Myers' Hollywood attorney, Martin Singer, said he made no such demand and was unaware who did. Rogers said that Myers publicist raised the concern.
The re-cut ad, sans the Wayne and Garth imagery (but with the pair's trademark slogan) can be seen on the McCain website.
McCain's folks blamed Myers... without even checking to see if he was involved. This definitely fits in with the McCain M.O. of "shoot first, ask later".
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McCain's Copyright Woes
published July 28, 2008
It seemed like a good idea at the time. Post a couple of videos of supposed media bias towards Obama, add some music that fits the meme ("My Eyes Adored You" or "Can't Take My Eyes Off You") sung by Frankie Valli, then sit back and count the hits...
...and the misses, not to mention the phone calls from Warner Music Group. Seems that the McCain campaign folks never bothered to license the music they were
illegally exploiting for free featuring in their whiny videos.
Yeah, who cares about things like "the law" and "the rights of the copyright holders" -- John McCain has a campaign to run, and to hell with those nasty little "legalities"...
Too funny, what incompetence. Warner Music Group had YouTube yank the video.
[W]e here at Stumper headquarters think that the more interesting--and/or hilarious--story is McCain's utter inability to find a single rock star willing to associate his or her songs with the campaign.
Regular readers will recognize that this isn't the first time McCain has received the cold shoulder from the music industry. Earlier this year, ABBA nixed McCain's attempt to use "Take a Chance on Me" (a personal favorite) at his rallies. "We played it a couple times and it's my understanding they went berserk," the candidate confessed. When hard-line Dem John Mellencamp learned that McCain was blasting "Pink Houses" before events, he requested that the Republican cease and desist.
Shortly thereafter, McCain settled on "Johnny B. Goode" as his signature song. "It might be because it is the only one [the artist] hasn't complained about us using," he said at the time. But Chuck Berry quickly came out for Obama. While Will.i.am, Arcade Fire, the Decemberists, the Grateful Dead, Macy Gray and Wilco have personally serenaded fans at campaign events, McCain's musical support has been limited to octogenarian composer Burt Bacharach (pictured above) and one half of the novelty country duo Big & Rich. Even the reliably Republican Ted Nugent is no fan. "McCain is catering to a growing segment of soulless Americans who could care less what they can do for their country, but whine louder and louder about what their country must do for them," the Motor City Madmen recently said. "That is both un-American and pathetic."
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