Skip to comments.Fox News fires back at REM in ‘Losing My Religion’ cease-and-desist fight
Posted on 09/07/2012 9:45:19 PM PDT by bronxville
On Friday, the musical act R.E.M. sent a letter to the Fox News Channel insisting that it stop using its song Losing My Religion in its news coverage specifically this weeks Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, N.C.
We have little or no respect for their puff adder brand of reportage. Our music does not belong there, lead singer Michael Stipe said in a statement.
Late Friday afternoon, Fox News returned the volley by arguing they were within their legal requirements and suggested it was a publicity stunt by R.E.M.....
(Excerpt) Read more at dailycaller.com ...
We have little or no respect for their puff adder brand of reportage. Our music does not belong there, lead singer Michael Stipe said in a statement."
Read more: http://dailycaller.com/2012/09/07/fox-news-fires-back-at-rem-in-losing-my-religion-cease-and-desist-fight/#ixzz25qkizeLC
They should be Shiny Happy People, it’s the most play their music has gotten in years!
They have a point. The Democrats have long had no religion to lose.
They had just finished opening for Foghat in a Holiday Inn bar in Des Moines, when they saw it on the TV.
Stipe, a virulent sodomite, used to rant about Ronald Reagan’s AIDs policies in between songs.
Which is why their audience steadily became flaccid over the years.
I thought these old fags had already died.
Michael, your band broke up. The frat boys you hate were the ones who bought your records. It's over. Just shut up or overdose like a rock star.
Hey! Believe it or not I went to see Savoy Brown (Kim Simmonds and some youngsters) at a refurbished movie theater a few years back. It was a good show, Simmonds has still got it - - he even did 'Louisiana Blues'. (For you youngsters out there, half of the original Savoy Brown broke off and formed Foghat nearly 40 years ago.)
I'm no youngster (I saw The Beatles in concert in 1966), but I didn't know that.
I don't understand why these drama queens feel compelled to waste their paying audiences' time with political screeds. These people are the biggest narcissists. Imagine if the grocery checkout guy or the dry cleaner went off on some political monologue every time you had to deal with him. Besides, it's one thing to talk politics one-on-one in a social setting, and quite another to force-feed your views on someone who's paying good money to see you perform.
Sure you did. You just forgot.
Of course this has absolutely nothing to do with the singer being a flaming faggot! /sarc
My wife is a singer and recording artist (if you want to hear what real music sounds like, try this: http://tinyurl.com/8zcz67k ), so I’ve had to learn quite a bit about music licensing. Every time some narrow-minded leftist twit whines about people whose politics he disagrees with daring to play his music at a rally, I always make it a point to spread this fact far and wide:
If the song is licensed to ASCAP or BMI, and you purchase an ASCAP/BMI public performance license, which virtually every public venue has, you can play any song in the library as many times as you want for any audience. If the composer wanted to maintain control over that, he should’ve never let the song out of his bedroom and signed a contract to let the evil capitalist licensing company collect royalties and send him the dirty money of fans he disapproves of.
TV play is different, as is the use of a song in an ad, film, commercial, etc. But if Fox says they had the appropriate license, I believe it, because that’s SOP for TV stations. One reason ASCAP and BMI exist is so you can make blanket licensing deals and not have to track down every composer of every song you want to play to get permission.
In other words, Fox is right: all this is just a pathetic show for publicity and for Michael to reaffirm his leftwing moron bona fides to all his fellow travelers. Play all the REM you want at public performance venues, and if Michael Stipe doesn’t like it, he can go whistle up a rope.
By the way, as I started to post this I went to put on the pair of glasses I grabbed off my desk only to clunk them into the glasses already on my head. Yikes..
Yup. 100% right.
Read the comments there. One lib is whining that it just isn’t so and Fox STOLE IT ALL!!!
God these libs get more pathetic by the day.
Genius, Stipe! Complain when the democratic convention is OVER. Fox will certainly honor your request. Now that it has no consequence whatsoever.
It really should hurt to be so stupid
Very good voice. You are a lucky man.
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