Skip to comments.Jackson Browne, Republicans settle lawsuit
Posted on 07/21/2009 10:23:52 AM PDT by a fool in paradise
Jackson Browne has settled a lawsuit and received an apology from Sen. John McCain and the Republican Party over use of his song "Running on Empty" during last year's presidential campaign.
The settlement announced Tuesday includes a pledge by the GOP not to use any musicians' work without proper permission in future campaigns, a statement that Browne said he hoped would benefit other artists.
Browne sued McCain and the Republican National Committee and the Ohio Republican Party last year over use of "Running on Empty" in a Web ad mocking Democrat Barack Obama's proposed energy policies.
McCain's loss in November didn't end the lawsuit, which had been slated for trial early next year. Formal settlement papers have yet to be filed with the court.
"This settlement is really a great affirmation of what I believed my rights to be, and all writers' rights to be," Browne said in an interview with The Associated Press. "One would hope that a presidential candidate would not only know the law but respect it. It was a matter of bringing that issue to bear."
...McCain didn't know about the ad, which was created by the Ohio Republican Party and removed after Browne complained, said the statement, attributed to McCain and the state and national parties....
(Browne:)"I would hope that they would think twice about taking someone's song without permission and understand that the law was put to the test and our rights prevailed," he said.
McCain's campaign ran afoul of several musicians during his presidential run, including the Foo Fighters, Heart and John Mellencamp. Obama wasn't immune either soul legend Sam Moore asked his campaign to stop using "Soul Man..."
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The moron party.
This is really comical. Seriously.
If the proper fees were paid, then the artist gave his permission.
jackson browne hasn’t had a hit since he beat the snot out of daryl hannah the night that they broke up years ago.
I'm all for intellectual property rights...but something makes me think that Browne won't ask the Democrats to make a similar pledge. Once again, for the liberals, it's okay to break the law, as long as I agree with you.
SCOTUS precedent says that parody is fair use....what moron decided to settle this?
Kind of a metaphor for the whole McCain campaign.
McCain’s campaign never had ANYTHING in the “tank” to run on, except for Palin!
Jackson Browne sucks, too. Whinny little voice over semi decent tunes.
Jackson Browne......Put out a few spectacular albums 35 years ago such as Late for the Sky. Now he’s just a pseudo-commie pain in the rear
Agreed. The composer has no say in how is work is used as long as the proper license fees were paid.
It’s getting to a point where “you can’t swing a dead cat around your head” without offending some songwriter anymore...
Running on Empty was perfect for McCain.
If Browne wants dems to use his music in their ads that's his right as the copyright holder. There's nothing political in this story, it's all about protecting property rights.
Hey, I guess it's back to beating up girlfriends.
I remember when Jackson got busted while demonstrating at the main gate of Diablo Canyon Nuke plant in SoCal. When the cops put the cuffs on him, he uttered, “careful with the wrists.”
He is another superb example of that great hollywood/entertainment biz axiom: “I am famous, therefore, I am smart.”
Reminds me of the old monty python political skit regarding the silly party, the ultra silly party, etc.
Here we have the moron party vs the evil party.
He beats up women.
what was that song he came out with shortly after Daryl...
‘Eye, blue and black’