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Jackson Browne sues RNC and McCain

vague_ascetic (755456) writes | more than 6 years ago

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Jackson Browne has sued the Republican National Committee, the Ohio Republican Party, and John McCain for unlawful use of his song and recording, "Running On Empty" in an Ohio ad criticizing Barrack Obama's energy policy.

Jackson Browne has sued the Republican National Committee, the Ohio Republican Party, and John McCain for unlawful use of his song and recording, "Running On Empty" in an Ohio ad criticizing Barrack Obama's energy policy.

Jackson Browne is a long-time supporter of the Democratic Party, as well as an activist for liberal causes, and is claiming trademark infringement under the The Lanham Act, because it infers a false association to the McCain campaign. He is also suing under California's Right of Publicity Law.

The McCain campaign claims they are being improperly targeted, because they were completely unaware that the Ohio Republican party was making the ad. The Washinton Post reports that Browne's attorney, Lawrence Y. Iser, said, "we have been informed and believe that McCain and his campaign were well aware of the ad".

Not a proper target, just because the McCain campaign was ignorant that the song would be used in an advertisement for it? It seems that Senator McCain is getting introduced to the DMCA, up close and personal.

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Duh? (1)

smitty_one_each (243267) | more than 5 years ago | (#24710231)

I can't believe that the Rs a) did no research, and b) didn't ask as a matter of courtesy.
Crass of them.

McCain Is A Recidivist IP Thief (1)

vague_ascetic (755456) | about 6 years ago | (#24715087)

Contemporary Conservatives often believe they are above the law. LINKS:

McCain is an ABBA fan? ROTFLMAO! Clearly, The RIAA should get a warrant to look at McCain's I-Pod to assure that he hasn't been pirating songs. Of course, he'd just fall back on the old Reagan gambit, and claim he didn't have an effin clue.

The McCain camp has just been barking up the wrong trees. There is an appropriate song by an appropriate artist, who might even be willing to donate it to the McCain Campaign.

Hirez [youtube.com]

Re:McCain Is A Recidivist IP Thief (1)

smitty_one_each (243267) | about 6 years ago | (#24725383)

Lots of folks love ABBA.
Anyone that successful writing material in a foreign language is to be admired.

Take A Chance On Me? (1)

vague_ascetic (755456) | about 6 years ago | (#24726437)

That was the song McCain attempted to use without permission. lyrics [lyrics007.com] Nice theme song, eh?

Re:Take A Chance On Me? (1)

smitty_one_each (243267) | about 6 years ago | (#24728343)

While I'm no Brit, I do think there is some irony, yes.
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