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Tom Petty tells Michele Bachmann to stop using his music
The Guardian ^ | 06/29/11 | Sean Michaels

Posted on 06/29/2011 11:34:22 AM PDT by MissesBush

Tom Petty has told US presidential candidate Michele Bachmann to stop using one of his songs as part of her campaign, insisting he did not give the rightwing politician permission. Within 24 hours of the televised launch of Bachmann's 2012 campaign, Petty's lawyers reportedly pounced on the press-conference soundtrack, which used the song American Girl as exit music.

"Petty isn't pleased," reported NBC's Kelly O'Donnell, while Rolling Stone confirmed the singer's lawyers had sent the Minnesota congresswoman a cease and desist order. It's not even the first bump of Bachmann's campaign: during her announcement speech, the Tea Party supporter confused the birthplace of actor John Wayne with that of serial killer John Wayne Gacy.

Petty's problem appears to be with Bachmann's politics. In 2008, the singer allowed Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton to use American Girl for her unsuccessful presidential bid. But he was much less sympathetic in 2000, when Republican candidate George W Bush was discovered to be playing I Won't Back Down at his rallies. "This use has not been approved," Petty's representatives told the future president. "Any use made by you or your campaign creates, either intentionally or unintentionally, the impression that you and your campaign have been endorsed by Tom Petty, which is not true." Bush , er, backed down.

Politicians have got into lots of trouble using pop songs over the last few years. From Sarah Palin and Heart to Nicolas Sarkozy and MGMT, to David Cameron and Keane, politicians' rallying songs are proving a litigious nightmare. Perhaps they ought to look into using classical music.

(Excerpt) Read more at guardian.co.uk ...


TOPICS: Culture/Society; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: bachmann; tompetty
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Petty should grow up. Who cares if she's using your music? It's exposure for your work which you desperately need you has-been, stoner burn out. You're living up to your name---petty.
1 posted on 06/29/2011 11:34:30 AM PDT by MissesBush
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To: MissesBush

He has an appropriate surname.


2 posted on 06/29/2011 11:35:33 AM PDT by kittymyrib
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To: MissesBush

“...Tom Petty tells Michele Bachmann to stop using his music...”

Michele Bachmann tells Tom Petty to stop using our air.


3 posted on 06/29/2011 11:37:22 AM PDT by NCC-1701 (In Memphis on January 20, 2009, pump price were $1.49. We all know what happened after that.)
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To: MissesBush

Bachmann released a statement saying she is surprised that a legendary NASCAR driver would have a problem with her using the song, and she’s considering a boycott of STP fuel treatment. Ed Rollins could not be reached for comment.


4 posted on 06/29/2011 11:37:48 AM PDT by Huck
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To: MissesBush

Tom Petty now on my boycott list.


5 posted on 06/29/2011 11:38:15 AM PDT by nolongerademocrat ("Before you ask G-d for something, first thank G-d for what you already have." B'rachot 30b)
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To: kittymyrib

Music has already been removed from my ITunes.


6 posted on 06/29/2011 11:38:38 AM PDT by EQAndyBuzz (Liberals who graduate from Ivy League schools are the dumbest people on the planet.)
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To: MissesBush

that’s a real heartbreaker.

Maybe Obaammy could use “You Wreck Me” for his debt reduction and ecomomic plan entrance theme song.


7 posted on 06/29/2011 11:38:45 AM PDT by WOBBLY BOB ( "I don't want the majority if we don't stand for something"- Jim Demint)
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To: MissesBush

TP doesn’t need the money. Not by a long shot.


8 posted on 06/29/2011 11:38:45 AM PDT by Huck
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To: MissesBush

Notice the digs into Michele by the writer... rightwing politician... the John Wayne thing again. Aholes....


9 posted on 06/29/2011 11:38:45 AM PDT by b4its2late ("Pray for Obama. Psalm 109:8")
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To: MissesBush

I think Petty should authorize his “Free Falling” for use in the Obama campaign.


10 posted on 06/29/2011 11:38:50 AM PDT by chuckee
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To: MissesBush
Petty's problem appears to be with Bachmann's politics

Gee, ya think?

11 posted on 06/29/2011 11:38:55 AM PDT by Mr. Mojo
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To: MissesBush

I just got into a massive flame war on Willie’s Facebook page about this stupid loyalty to the Democrats. The legalize pot crowd is just dumb for believing that the Democrats are going to do anything different than the Republicans about legalizing marijuana. They are all stoner idiots.


12 posted on 06/29/2011 11:39:18 AM PDT by autumnraine (America how long will you be so deaf and dumb to the chariot wheels carrying you to the guillotine?)
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To: MissesBush

This happens in every single election. Some Republican uses rock music as a theme and the singer gets his or her panties in a twist over it. Remember how Springstein whined about Reagan using “Born in the USA”? Or how that freak who made noises blew a gasket when Bush Senior used “Don’t Worry Be Happy” as his theme? Republicans need to realize that all they are doing by using the music is giving these has-beens a chance to be important and self-righeous again.


13 posted on 06/29/2011 11:40:01 AM PDT by Opinionated Blowhard ("When the people find they can vote themselves money, that will herald the end of the republic.")
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To: kittymyrib

Petty is just being a “petty idiot”.Talented but a stupid lib


14 posted on 06/29/2011 11:40:52 AM PDT by ohiobushman (Please run Sarah,for Gods sake and Americas)
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To: MissesBush
Is it OK if I stop using your music too, Ms. Petty?
15 posted on 06/29/2011 11:41:17 AM PDT by E. Pluribus Unum (If Sarah Palin really was unelectable, state-run media would be begging the GOP to nominate her.)
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To: MissesBush

Does anyone know the law in these situations? I think Michele Bachmann should stop playing the washed up, lefty loser’s lousy music anyway, but can he force her to?

What rights does a song writer or recording “artist” have to restrict the use of music that he/she has sold recording of to the public?


16 posted on 06/29/2011 11:41:27 AM PDT by Above My Pay Grade
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To: MissesBush
What simple minded twit in the Bachmann campaign
decided it was OK to STEAL someone else's property ?

17 posted on 06/29/2011 11:41:45 AM PDT by Uri’el-2012 (Psalm 119:174 I long for Your salvation, YHvH, Your law is my delight.)
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To: MissesBush

Tom Petty, whose vocals sound like a 60-year-old man imitating a pouting, petulant brat?

This is actually a blessing. Michele can do FAR better for campaign music.


18 posted on 06/29/2011 11:42:42 AM PDT by ScottinVA (Imagine.... a world without islam.)
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To: MissesBush

MP has no RhINO Skin....


19 posted on 06/29/2011 11:43:05 AM PDT by mikrofon (Something in the Air)
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To: MissesBush
As one of the little people that made Tom rich back in the day, I'm disappointed. Well I hope when we reach socialist utopia, Tom will then be playing for free. Actually all of his music should just become public domain now in the spirit of Obama.
20 posted on 06/29/2011 11:43:19 AM PDT by throwback ( The object of opening the mind, as of opening the mouth, is to shut it again on something solid)
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To: MissesBush

Ahh ole’ Tom wants ‘American Girl’ to only be remembered solely from ‘Silence of the Lambs’; a charming story of a transgendered, depraved, serial killer with another depraved, serial killer on the ‘inside’ (cellblock hell) whose aim was to break out and eat human liver.

Shoot, I can understand how linking the song with Michele Bachmann might really ruin that memory.


21 posted on 06/29/2011 11:43:39 AM PDT by Outlaw Woman
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To: UriĀ’el-2012

You’re making a huge ASSumption.

Do you know that Petty didn’t sell the rights to that song to some public domain entity?


22 posted on 06/29/2011 11:44:38 AM PDT by MrB (The difference between a Humanist and a Satanist - the latter knows whom he's working for)
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To: b4its2late
R: the John Wayne thing.

From the article:

It's not even the first bump of Bachmann's campaign: during her announcement speech, the Tea Party supporter confused the birthplace of actor John Wayne with that of serial killer John Wayne Gacy.

I thought it was determined that Wayne's parents had lived in Waterloo, as did GAcy for a time - but that Gacy had been born in Chicago.......

If my recall is correct (often doubtful) than these "reporters" are the ones who are even more confused than they claim Bachmann to be.

23 posted on 06/29/2011 11:45:57 AM PDT by Gabz (Democrats for Voldemort.)
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To: Huck

not funny


24 posted on 06/29/2011 11:45:57 AM PDT by tbpiper (Sarah Palin is the antivenin for the Obama poison)
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To: Huck

not funny


25 posted on 06/29/2011 11:46:05 AM PDT by tbpiper (Sarah Palin is the antivenin for the Obama poison)
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To: MissesBush

Who is this Petty Tom, and what does he do? /s


26 posted on 06/29/2011 11:46:20 AM PDT by READINABLUESTATE (Most leftism can be traced to childhood birthday trauma)
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To: MrB
You’re making a huge ASSumption.

Do you know that Petty didn’t sell the rights to that song to some public domain entity?

Prove it; you twit !

27 posted on 06/29/2011 11:46:42 AM PDT by Uri’el-2012 (Psalm 119:174 I long for Your salvation, YHvH, Your law is my delight.)
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To: MissesBush

More evidence that Michelle Bachmann is evil incarnate! Oh, the humanity!


28 posted on 06/29/2011 11:46:48 AM PDT by popdonnelly (Democrats = authoritarian socialists)
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To: NCC-1701

“...Tom Petty tells Michele Bachmann to stop using his music...”

His last name explains it all. Michele, find another song and let this cr@p have his cr@ppy song. Who needs him or his music. Another whinny libertard.


29 posted on 06/29/2011 11:46:52 AM PDT by Bitsy (!)
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To: MissesBush

Petty indeed. Washed up has-been, goofy looker with little vocal talent who’s best days were 3 decades ago.


30 posted on 06/29/2011 11:46:52 AM PDT by A_Former_Democrat (EX Congressman Anthony Weiner: "Celebrate 'Perversity'")
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To: MissesBush

Hey Tom! REPUBLICANS BUY CD’S TOO! Idiot


31 posted on 06/29/2011 11:47:00 AM PDT by 70th Division (I love my country but fear my government!)
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To: MissesBush
I believe he is on the list of "Men Who Look Like Lesbians as They Age"

If he's not, he should be.

32 posted on 06/29/2011 11:47:10 AM PDT by dead (I've got my eye out for Mullah Omar.)
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To: MissesBush

I’m disappointed that she was even using the whiny little snot’s music to start with. He sings like a 13 y.o.


33 posted on 06/29/2011 11:47:25 AM PDT by theDentist (fybo; qwerty ergo typo : i type, therefore i misspelll)
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To: Opinionated Blowhard

Wonder if Ted Nugent has an appropriate song? I have a feeling Aerosmith may be open to their music being used by a republican, too. There are other options. Either way, the people running the campaign need to get it OK’d by the artist. Who’d want be backed by a song of an artist that obviously is against what you stand for?


34 posted on 06/29/2011 11:47:57 AM PDT by babyfreep
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To: Huck

So are you telling me that Tom is really a Dick? Who would have known. LOL


35 posted on 06/29/2011 11:48:16 AM PDT by 70th Division (I love my country but fear my government!)
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To: Above My Pay Grade
-- I think Michele Bachmann should stop playing the washed up, lefty loser's lousy music anyway, but can he force her to? --

No. The copyright law allows anybody to play, as long as they pay the standard fee; which is usually "per performance." The term is "compulsory license."

-- What rights does a song writer or recording "artist" have to restrict the use of music that he/she has sold recording of to the public? --

In musical works, the artist is entitled to be compensated by those who cover or play the composition.

36 posted on 06/29/2011 11:48:45 AM PDT by Cboldt
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To: MissesBush
"insisting he did not give the rightwing politician permission."

I got news for Mr. Petty. If Ms. Bachman is using a legally obtained copy of the song she has the right to play it in public all day long as long as she pays the associated fees for doing such. And Petty has no say in the matter whatsoever.

37 posted on 06/29/2011 11:48:48 AM PDT by Mad Dawgg (If you're going to deny my 1st Amendment rights then I must proceed to the 2nd one...)
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To: MissesBush
She just needs to pay his royalty fees for public performance (BMI, ASCAP, or SESAC, whichever) and he can't stop her from using it.

The guys that did Rush's theme music tried that on him, and he won because the radio stations pay those licensing fees.

She would only have to pay the one that applies to him, and then only for the duration of the Public performance.
38 posted on 06/29/2011 11:49:30 AM PDT by FrankR (A people that values its privileges above its principles will soon lose both.)
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To: MissesBush
Ever listen to the lyrics of "American Girl"? I don't know why Bachman would want that as her theme. It certainly isn't some celebration of a wholesome, moral Middle-American girl.

Then again, she launched her campain in the spirit of John Wayne Gacy so maybe it is an appropriate theme . . . . .

39 posted on 06/29/2011 11:49:35 AM PDT by Opinionated Blowhard ("When the people find they can vote themselves money, that will herald the end of the republic.")
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To: MissesBush

On a related note, what is it with Christian Conservative candidates (not to mention talk show hosts)and Rock and Roll music? Sex, Drugs and Rock and Roll are a good fit. Christianity, Conservatism and Rock and Roll are not, IMHO.


40 posted on 06/29/2011 11:50:27 AM PDT by Above My Pay Grade
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To: UriĀ’el-2012

Actually This is the best point of the thread...
What made bachmann think that tom petty would not kick her in the backside given his history? Does she need another new chief of staff?


41 posted on 06/29/2011 11:50:51 AM PDT by Samurai_Jack (ride out and confront the evil!)
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To: MissesBush

Aw hell, can’t a company just purchase a license and play it anyway?

I remember the same thing when the jerkoff beeotches in “Heart” were whining like stuck banshees over Palin’s use of “Barracuda”.

Idiots.


42 posted on 06/29/2011 11:51:12 AM PDT by Recovering_Democrat
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To: EQAndyBuzz
Music has already been removed from my ITunes.

May as well just go ahead and dump your whole library, then.

43 posted on 06/29/2011 11:51:25 AM PDT by Bronzewound (When radicals begin to follow rules, are they still radicals?)
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To: MissesBush

The Star Spangled Banner or America softly played in background would be my selection. The heck with petty Tom Petty.


44 posted on 06/29/2011 11:51:40 AM PDT by Paperdoll (NO MORE BUSHS!)
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To: 70th Division

BTW Tom! Republicans PAY for the music they listen to?


45 posted on 06/29/2011 11:52:29 AM PDT by CDFingers (Liars and Commies and Czars Oh My!)
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To: Above My Pay Grade
"Does anyone know the law in these situations? I think Michele Bachmann should stop playing the washed up, lefty loser’s lousy music anyway, but can he force her to?"

Nope he can't do squat if she has a legal copy of the music and she pays the associated fees for public performance of the piece.

Its part of the Copyright Law and Little Tommy has no say whatsoever. He can ask but he can't legally force her to stop playing it.

46 posted on 06/29/2011 11:52:32 AM PDT by Mad Dawgg (If you're going to deny my 1st Amendment rights then I must proceed to the 2nd one...)
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To: MissesBush

This happens every election cycle. Celebs warn Republicans not to use their music, while granting authorization to the Dems. Nothing really new here.

However, R’s might just stop buying his music.


47 posted on 06/29/2011 11:53:05 AM PDT by EDINVA
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To: Cboldt

Thanks. That’s how I thought it worked, but with all these lefty “musicians” filing lawsuits against Republicans, I wondered if they really had some legal right to stop their songs from being played.

I could understand if the politician gives the impression that the “artist” endorses her or uses the copyrighted music in a campaign or fundraising video (especially if they sell said videos), but I would think if you publish and record music for public consumption, you have to deal with people you might not like playing your music.


48 posted on 06/29/2011 11:54:19 AM PDT by Above My Pay Grade
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To: babyfreep

“Wonder if Ted Nugent has an appropriate song?”

The recently released “I Still Believe” comes to mind. But maybe it would be more appropriate for Obama. Ted wouldn’t mind, I’m sure.


49 posted on 06/29/2011 11:54:39 AM PDT by swain_forkbeard (Rationality may not be sufficient, but it is necessary.)
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To: UriĀ’el-2012

What simple minded twit in the Bachmann campaign
decided it was OK to STEAL someone else’s property ?


The fact is that in ALL of these circumstances, the copyright owner (which may or may not be the musician or composer) has no right to object to the use of their song at political rallies. License fees are paid as appropriate.

This is political grandstanding (by the lefty musician) with no legal basis.

And you have no clue about intellectual property law, although your confidence in your error is impressive.


50 posted on 06/29/2011 11:54:42 AM PDT by Atlas Sneezed (End the "Fiscal Fiasco" in 2012!)
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