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’
No kidding. A loser song from a loser writer used by a loser candidate in a loser campaign.
In the end EVERYBODY loses...
I agree - JB did some very good albums up to The Pretender and made millions from the free market capitalism system. Eventually he moved to Spain and continued his socialism preach - typical left wing limousine liberal elitist.
BS. If Obama had used the song, Browne wouldn't have sued or sought a commitment from the DNC to never use artists' work in their ads without permission. He came out duing the campaign and made a stink because he didn't like it being used by Republicans. It's his right of course, but I'm talking about his motivation - he could make money, embarras the GOP nominee, and get a commitment that will protect other liberals (from the right side of the aisle).
I love your music and how you worked with Neil Young and Warren Zevon - two of my musical heroes - but in this case, you’re a wanker.
Compulsory license fees only apply to the use of the song as is with no modification.
If I dont want my song used in a tampon commercial or a political commercial I can refuse to license it no matter how much you offer to pay. Its done all the time and Browne was legally correct and within his rights and the settlement proves it. We had this argument when the suit was filed. I was right then and I am still right now. I have seen dozens of these cases. Again, a compulsory license only gives one the right to record and sell my song exactly as written and nothing else.
An artist’s hands are his livelihood so this is understandable
There is a difference between using a song in a film or commercial and playing it at a venue. Venue owners can not be expected to check w/ every artist to see if it’s ok to play their song at a particular time and place. So the rule is you license via ASCAP or BMI and play from their entire catalogs.
Here in Portland representatives from these groups go around to bars, restaurants and coffee houses and listen to music. If you aren’t paying their license fees and you are playing music they start the legal process until you sign up with them.
One place I used to go the owner went through his CDs and removed all the one that were licensed by either firm, leaving mostly weird Greek CD’s. It was a step up in the music that played there.
Jackson Browne is the same as many artists. Their best work is done when young when that original pure spirit comes through. Late for the Sky was a masterpiece that other artists also hailed. How would you like to be Jackson Browne and the audience tries to get you to play “Fountain of Sorrow” for the thousandth time?
Love his music - hate his politics.
Agreed. If fees are paid, artist generally has no say. Haven’t the Pretenders tried for years to stop Rush from using their song, Ohio?
That being said, Jackson Browne is a has-been women-beater, and a feminine hygiene product to boot.
RE: Pretenders Song on Rush. Rush uses the exact version of the song as written as bumper music, not modified as a commercial for a political candidate or a product.
Piss poor politics.
Jackson and his lefty friends are some of the reasons why US nuclear power has stalled for over 30 years.
I just tossed my Jackson Browne CD in the trash.
Just don’s blame it on the bossa nova
From RS magazine:
The standoff between CHRISSIE HYNDE and radio right-winger RUSH LIMBAUGH is finally over. Since 1984, Limbaugh had been using the “My City Was Gone,” the Pretenders lament about the mall-ification of America, without Hynde’s consent. According to Hynde’s manager, Limbaugh had not licensed the song for his nationally syndicated radio show, nor had he even asked for permission to use it — something that didn’t seem to bother Hynde all that much until Limbaugh told a pair of reporters in 1997 that “it was icing on the cake that it was [written by] an environmentalist, animal rights wacko and was an anti-conservative song. It is anti-development, anti-capitalist, and here I am going to take a liberal song and make fun of [liberals] at the same time.” Last month, Hynde finally got Limbaugh to pull the song but then did an about face on Aug. 18, telling him that he could use the song if he donated all the royalties to the animal right’s organization PETA, after PETA campaign manager Dan Mathews told her Limbaugh had a soft-spot for animals. She fired off the following missive to PETA to let them know of the recent developments. “In light of Rush Limbaugh’s vocal support of PETA’s campaign against the Environmental Protection Agency’s foolish plan to test some 3,000 chemicals on animals, I have decided to allow him to keep my song, ‘My City Was Gone,’ as his signature tune and to donate all proceeds from the deal to further PETA’s efforts in that regard” ...
For a short time, The Pretenders’ label put a stop to using “My City Was Gone”, but Hynde said in an interview that, though she didn’t care for it, she saw no problem with Limbaugh using the song, and so they went back to it. She even said that calls of “Rush!” would be heard from the audience when they played it live. Limbaugh has also mentioned that they do pay a fee to use the song.
Nothing more heroic than being a man who beats up on woman.
What a creep.
Jackson Browne never beat anyone. Police officially investigated the complaint, and if Browne had hurt Daryl Hannah in any way I’m sure the copes would have found it when they inspected everything. Its just another rubbish story by a jealous woman who wants attention. the legal papers are public records, see for yourself if you don’t believe Browne is innocent.
What’s wrong is to falsely accuse someone of a serious crime with no proof and all legal evidence saying otherwise.
I have no recollection of posting anything about Jackson being naughty and hurting someone.
Perhaps you have me confused with someone else?