And he is getting sued for it.
Copyright law is one of the most important and contentious arenas in American jurisprudence today. While it was originally set up to protect artists and to encourage the continued production of individual creative works, it has increasingly become a corporate tool and large corporate empires, like Disney for instance, depend on exercising their control of copyright to keep the revenue from Mickey and Minnie Mouse on down to the Princess money machine that I, as the grandma of two young granddaughters, contribute to.
So one would think that since the Republican party is the party of big business, that they would respect one of the foundational laws that the entertainment industry, (one of the few things we still do well here in the good old U.S. of A – entertain) depends on. But do they do that? The answer is most resoundingly – NO.
It looks like McCain is running a campaign as arrogant, and unlawful as the bush administration has been run for the past 8 years. Never in American history have we had a government so disdainful of the laws upon which our democracy depends than bush and now it looks like McCain is continuing on in this fine Republican tradition.
But I think they may have met their match. Americans love their music and their musicians, and musicians guard their rights over their material because it represents who they are and what they think and a lot of musicians are furious that the McCain campaign has stolen their music and used it without permission.
HEART duo, Ann and Nancy Wilson are pissed as he*l over McCain’s illegal use of their hit song “Barracuda” as the campaign theme song which he stole and used without their permission.
The McCain campaign basically told them to take a hike. They planned on using the song anyway in spite of Hearts objections and pending lawsuit. This is piled on to an earlier lawsuit filed in August by Jackson Browne over the Republicans illegal use of his song “Running on Empty” in an attack ad against Obama.
Back in July when the McCain goons decided they’d use a Frankie Valli song in another Obama attack ad without bothering to check with the Warner Music Group about the rights, that didn’t work out so well either. Who cares about “the law” when “we’ve got a campaign to run”, the hell with “legalities”. A few phone calls to the campaign from Warner’s lawyers put an end to that.
McCain has had a REAL tough time courting ANY musician, except his fellow gerriactric Burt Bacharach. McCain’s personal favorite song was Abba’s “Take a Chance on Me” but Abba nixed his use of their song unequivically. But this was after McCain went and used it at some of his rallies and the musicians went berserk.
The McCainites were so dumb they couldn’t figure out that a hard line Democrat like John Â Mellencamp wouldn’t be too happy when he learned they were blasting his song “Pink Houses” before events. Mellencamp also took legal action against them and sent a ceases and desist notice.
Then they got the brilliant idea to use a black musicians song as their signature, “Johnny B. Goode” by Chuck Berry. When Chuck heard about it, he quickly came out for Obama. This week in Boston, rapper Sean “Diddy” Combs wondered why McCain chose Palin. “Alaska?, Alaska?, Alaska? Come on man. I don’t know if there’s any black people in Alaska.”
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.”
Here! here! Ted! This is one of the few times I can say I agree with you on that!