Friday, September 05, 2008

McCain ignores cease-and-desist letters

There's a degree of irony in John McCain - a man who has helped the current administration dance to the whim of the copyright industries - choosing to pointedly ignore a cease-and-desist letter. The Wilson sisters from Heart made it clear they didn't want him using their music:

Ann and Nancy Wilson of Heart have informed the McCain/Palin Campaign that Universal Music Publishing and Sony BMG have sent a cease-and-desist notice to not use one of Heart's classic songs, "Barracuda," as the congratulatory theme for Sarah Palin.

The Republican campaign did not ask for permission to use the song, nor would they have been granted that permission.

"We have asked the Republican campaign publicly not to use our music. We hope our wishes will be honored."

So what came parping out of the speakers once McCain had got to the end of his "I'm not my own man" speech?

Yep. Barracuda.

Copyright law is for other people. John McCain is a scofflaw.


Anonymous said...

Didn't you know? He has been described as a maverick ( and he would seem to relish this tag)
Didn't you know? part 2...
He's gonna change Amerika.
Pre-emptive strike anybody?

Spence said...

I always find this kind of thing astonishing. People like McCain *must* have a thinktank that decides what song(s) to use for campaigns, and surely they must do a little research into the artists' political leanings before ploughing ahead with pumping them out at rallies, no?

Anonymous said...

If think tanks review this stuff, then they have been flubbing for decades. "Born In The U.S.A." during the Reagan '84 campaign (Springsteen said to stop using it), Bush '00 campaign and "I Won't Back Down" (Petty said to stop using it). Those are two I mentioned in a post I wrote today.

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