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Liberal Rock Stars to McCain-Palin Campaign: Stop Using Our Songs
ABC ^ | 9/7/08 | Jake Tapper

Posted on 09/07/2008 12:50:58 PM PDT by pissant

The McCain-Palin jukebox options are shrinking.

The latest rockers to tell the Republicans to cease spinning their albums are the women from Heart, who were chagrined to hear their song "Barracuda" play at the Republican convention as Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin hit the stage. Palin, a star high school basketball point guard, was nicknamed "Sarah Barracuda." The official Heart website states

that "Ann and Nancy Wilson of Heart have informed the McCain/Palin Campaign that Universal Music Publishing and Sony BMG have sent a cease-and-desist notice to not use one of Heart's classic songs 'Barracuda,' as the congratulatory theme for Sarah Palin. The Republican campaign did not ask for permission to use the song, nor would they have been granted that permission. We have asked the Republican campaign not to use our music. We hope our wishes will be honored."

And on Entertainment Weekly's website

the Wilson sisters add that "Sarah Palin's views and values in NO WAY represent us as American women. We ask that our song 'Barracuda' no longer be used to promote her image. The song 'Barracuda' was written in the late '70s as a scathing rant against the soulless, corporate nature of the music business, particularly for women. (The 'barracuda' represented the business.) While Heart did not and would not authorize the use of their song at the RNC, there's irony in Republican strategists' choice to make use of it there."

This is not the first time a liberal rock star has asked McCain to stop spinning his or her tunes.

In February, John Mellencamp

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TOPICS: Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: barracuda; heart; mccain; mccainpalin; palin; shutupandsing; worthlessrockstars
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Nothing like panicked lefty rock 'stars' having their panties in a knot.
1 posted on 09/07/2008 12:50:58 PM PDT by pissant
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To: pissant

I thought after 25 years, a song becomes part of the “public domain”.


2 posted on 09/07/2008 12:52:39 PM PDT by Signalman
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To: pissant

Rock Stars stop using our country.


3 posted on 09/07/2008 12:52:55 PM PDT by bmwcyle (Vote McWhatshisname and PALIN)
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To: pissant

Why stop the Dems used songs by Brooks and Dunn without permission?


4 posted on 09/07/2008 12:52:57 PM PDT by madison10 (McCain/Palin 2008)
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To: pissant

Can the bands and or record labels legally compel someone not to play their music? Does that not violate “Fair Use” provisions?


5 posted on 09/07/2008 12:53:00 PM PDT by KoRn (Barack Obama Must Be Stopped!!!)
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To: pissant
Who cares? They're so dated if they don't want Americans to listen to their songs!

"Show me just what Mohammed brought that was new, and there you will find things only evil and inhuman, such as his command to spread by the sword the faith he preached." - Manuel II Palelologus

6 posted on 09/07/2008 12:53:06 PM PDT by goldstategop (In Memory Of A Dearly Beloved Friend Who Lives In My Heart Forever)
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To: pissant

They should be glad we are using their songs. At least they are getting play. When is the last time you heard a Heart song not on Muzak?


7 posted on 09/07/2008 12:53:10 PM PDT by Dutch Boy
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To: pissant

At least Brooks & Dunn didnt throw a hissy-fit when Obama started using their song “Only In America”...I guess the difference between leftists and conservatives/moderates...


8 posted on 09/07/2008 12:53:35 PM PDT by UCFRoadWarrior (Why Is It That The People Who Claim Ron Paul Is "Nuts"...Are Actually Nuttier Themselves..)
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To: pissant
Oh, the GOP should stick to music written by capable people. “Flight of the Valkyire” or something classy and uncopyrighted by twits.
9 posted on 09/07/2008 12:54:10 PM PDT by GingisK
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To: pissant

What I don’t understand is if the campaign is paying royalties to ASCAP or BMI to play licensed music, it really doesn’t matter what the artist says.


10 posted on 09/07/2008 12:54:22 PM PDT by mike182d ("Other than that, Mrs. Lincoln, how was the play?")
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To: pissant

A bunch of has beens. I hope they realize that when they shoot their big mouths off, people like me stop buying their music.


11 posted on 09/07/2008 12:55:35 PM PDT by defconw ("Hope is not a strategy")
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To: pissant

not sure which one of the wilson sister it is-but the “fat one’s” panties in a bunch is a BIG bunch.


12 posted on 09/07/2008 12:56:23 PM PDT by mrmargaritaville
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To: mike182d

The drummer and another player in the group were on tv the other day. They have no objection!
And, they are getting royalties.


13 posted on 09/07/2008 12:56:42 PM PDT by MrLee (Sha'alu Shalom Yerushalyim!! God bless Eretz Israel.)
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To: pissant

Who gives a flip. They are old and has beens, seen them on that old rock show trying to sell CD’s like 90 of them for $19.95, but wait there’s more....

Notice its old I want to be on tv again crowd, Jackson I beat my girlfriend Brown, Nancy I need Nutrisystem Wilson,
John I cant find a job Melancamp.


14 posted on 09/07/2008 12:56:52 PM PDT by Texas4ever (SIT DOWN JUNIOR :))
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To: defconw

Maybe they should stop writing songs about McCain & Palin. ;-)


15 posted on 09/07/2008 12:56:53 PM PDT by generally (Ask me about FReepers Folding@Home)
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To: pissant

I don’t know why the Republican’s don’t stick with country music and artists.


16 posted on 09/07/2008 12:57:33 PM PDT by ladyvet (Obama..be afraid, be very afraid....not anymore. John and Sara,08!!!)
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To: pissant
They've decided to rename the band “Obese Fat Chicks against Palin”
17 posted on 09/07/2008 12:57:48 PM PDT by NavVet ( If you don't defend Conservatism in the Primaries, you won't have it to defend in November)
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To: KoRn

They can broad cast the songs by paying ascap or bmi for use. The stars can squawk all they want but can’t do anything about it.


18 posted on 09/07/2008 12:57:52 PM PDT by GloriaJane (http://www.download.com/gloriajane)
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To: KoRn

Not at all since they played almost the entire song. Because of copyright laws they need a license to play the song. If they have the license and pay the fees than as I understand it Heart doesn’t have much to say. They could withdraw the song from all licensing arrangements and take it private, but then no one could play it. I suppose they could modify the license to exclude any political event, but again if they haven’t too bad, so sad.


19 posted on 09/07/2008 12:58:29 PM PDT by airedale ( XZ)
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To: pissant
Stop Using Our Songs!!

O.K. In return, I throw in the "We'll Stop buying Your songs" for free.
20 posted on 09/07/2008 12:58:35 PM PDT by RedMonqey
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To: pissant

I thought the the usage of copyrighted music was handled by organizations like ASCAP, and that anyone who paid the appropriate royalty could use the music.

I also heard a radio DJ who should have known say that “fair use” allows anyone to use 22 seconds of a song without paying any royalty. (I don’t agree with that sort of “fair use” which requires no royalty, if that’s how is it).

Does anyone really know how this works legally?


21 posted on 09/07/2008 12:58:58 PM PDT by Will88 (.)
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To: pissant

As long as Chuck Berry don’t start this crap, I’m okay with it. I’m a bigtime Chuck Berry fan. Go Johnny Go!


22 posted on 09/07/2008 12:59:31 PM PDT by FlingWingFlyer (McCain/Palin '08! Real change you won't have to "believe in." You'll be able to see it!!!)
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To: pissant

The song “Barracuda” is on Guitar Hero 3. I played it last night while watching Sarah Palin on Youtube!


23 posted on 09/07/2008 1:00:15 PM PDT by gop4lyf (Obama wants to raise taxes and kill babies. Palin wants to raise babies and kill taxes.)
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To: pissant
I am still waiting for Springsteen to come out with a Sarah Palin song. If there's ever been a politician whose family story is reflected in Springsteen lyrics, it's Sarah Palin: blue-collar workers, teen pregancies, working hard for the American dream, etc.

I probably shouldn't hold my breath waiting.

24 posted on 09/07/2008 1:00:36 PM PDT by NewJerseyJoe (Rat mantra: "Facts are meaningless! You can use facts to prove anything that's even remotely true!")
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To: gop4lyf

They can cry all they want, but now anytime that song is played, we think of Sarah.


25 posted on 09/07/2008 1:02:22 PM PDT by Chet 99 (http://www.mccainpalinvictory2008.com/)
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To: Will88

I am an ASCAP member. The campaign pays royalties to ASCAP and the band can do nothing but squawk about it.


26 posted on 09/07/2008 1:02:36 PM PDT by GloriaJane (http://www.download.com/gloriajane)
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To: Bobkk47
I thought after 25 years, a song becomes part of the “public domain”.

More like 78 years. That's why the Beatles catalog is worth so much.

27 posted on 09/07/2008 1:03:07 PM PDT by Inyo-Mono (No longer holding my nose to vote - McCain/Palin 2008!)
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To: madison10

That is not the only time. I believe during the last Democrap Convention they played one of Elvis Presley songs. Elvis is a registered Republican. No one made a hissy fit over that, sheesh.


28 posted on 09/07/2008 1:04:13 PM PDT by Patriot Babe
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To: Bobkk47

Where did you hear that?! The music is owned by whoever owns the license. People can purchase permission from the license owner to use the music for specific events or license a large catalog of music for various uses, such as a TV station playing popular music as a bumper. Truthfully, if Ann and Nancy no longer own the license to their lyrics, they really have no say in who plays it, if that party paid the license fee to ASCAP or whomever owns the music.


29 posted on 09/07/2008 1:07:28 PM PDT by rabidralph (She shoots, she scores!)
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To: pissant

Who needs Heart when you got John Rich and Raisin McCain?


30 posted on 09/07/2008 1:08:31 PM PDT by donnab (some people use change to promote their careers...others use their careers to promote change.)
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To: pissant
I wish they could see how silly and petty it makes them look to actually object to the fact that someone is using one of their songs. The use of a song by a politician does not imply that the artist endorses that particular political philosophy. It just means the politician likes the song or it suits the image they want to portray. I think it is a compliment more than anything else.

I must admit, however, that Bill and Hillary forever ruined the song "Don't Stop Thinking About Tomorrow" for me after they played it ad nauseum in 1992. Fortunately, I didn't like the song that much in the first place!
31 posted on 09/07/2008 1:08:53 PM PDT by srmorton (Choose life!)
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To: mrmargaritaville
Tammy Bruce said on her show yesterday that their Krisy Kreme stockpile must be OK since they threw a Cease & Desist order at the McCain camp!

I LMAO for a good 10 minutes!

32 posted on 09/07/2008 1:10:17 PM PDT by TeddyConAZ
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To: Will88
I also heard a radio DJ who should have known say that “fair use” allows anyone to use 22 seconds of a song without paying any royalty. (I don’t agree with that sort of “fair use” which requires no royalty, if that’s how is it).

As aformer radio DJ I can tell you that a radio station can get fined BIG TIME for using snipits of a song in a commercial without permission.

33 posted on 09/07/2008 1:10:24 PM PDT by Inyo-Mono (No longer holding my nose to vote - McCain/Palin 2008!)
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To: pissant

I thought that you could play a song all you want as long as you paid the pre-determined royalty fee to the individual/entity that owns the rights to the song.How is it that Rush can use “My City Was Gone” if that’s not true? Are the Pretenders Republicans?


34 posted on 09/07/2008 1:11:23 PM PDT by Gay State Conservative (Obama:"Ich bin ein beginner")
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To: Bobkk47
I thought after 25 years, a song becomes part of the “public domain”.

Long ago, it did. But now, copyrights have been extended every time that Disney is in danger of losing their copyright on Mickey Mouse.

35 posted on 09/07/2008 1:11:27 PM PDT by justlurking (The only remedy for a bad guy with a gun is a good guy with a gun.)
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To: pissant

You’d think all these “stars” who’s careers are currently in a tailspin or non-existent would appreciate their has-been songs get some airplay. Ungreatful wretches!


36 posted on 09/07/2008 1:11:51 PM PDT by RasterMaster (CHANGE is not a destination - HOPE is not a strategy!)
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To: pissant

I guess they don’t want any more money.


37 posted on 09/07/2008 1:12:55 PM PDT by freekitty (Give me back my conservative vote.)
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To: pissant
Actually, no it doesn't become public domain after 25 years.

However, THEY don't "own" the song because THEY didn't write it. The drummer (Michael DeRosier) wrote it, and was recently quoted as saying he loved the fact it was being used.

Oh, and Ann? Nancy? Before you start bitching about "stolen" stuff, remember Nazareth? Remember "This Flight Tonight"? You know--that's the group/song you stole the "Barracuda" opening riff from?

Whoops--on edit, Roger Fisher was the one interviewed. So what if they're Obama supporters? Now be good girls and have another sandwich or something.
38 posted on 09/07/2008 1:13:19 PM PDT by OCCASparky (Steely-Eyed Killer of the Deep)
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To: pissant

It seems like I remember Rush Limbaugh talking about his intro music once. He said that the singer was a liberal but didn’t care whether or not he used it.


39 posted on 09/07/2008 1:14:43 PM PDT by gop4lyf (Obama wants to raise taxes and kill babies. Palin wants to raise babies and kill taxes.)
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To: mrmargaritaville
not sure which one of the wilson sister it is-but the “fat one’s” panties in a bunch is a BIG bunch.

LOL. Yeah... now if only Ann Coulter would start using "Dreamboat Annie" as her theme, it would push that fat bi-otch right over the edge!

40 posted on 09/07/2008 1:14:48 PM PDT by PalmettoMason (Liberals' new talking point: Sarah Palin: Only five abortions away from the presidency.)
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To: pissant
If it is out there to get royalties, outside of paying them (if necessary) what power over songs do they retain by law?
41 posted on 09/07/2008 1:15:12 PM PDT by A CA Guy ( God Bless America, God bless and keep safe our fighting men and women.)
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To: UCFRoadWarrior

I kind of wish Brooks and dunn had. I think the libs singers are trying to get another fifteen of fame.


42 posted on 09/07/2008 1:15:35 PM PDT by jincarolina (I)
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To: pissant
These liberal rock stars need to

call the Dixie Chicks.

Or their local newspaper

and see how bad business can be

after "giving the finger" to half their potential customers... (the half that's conservatives).

43 posted on 09/07/2008 1:16:21 PM PDT by GOPJ ("Vegetarian" - Old Indian word for "bad hunter")
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To: Patriot Babe
That is not the only time. I believe during the last Democrap Convention they played one of Elvis Presley songs. Elvis is a registered Republican. No one made a hissy fit over that, sheesh.

Insert your favorite "Elvis is alive!" joke here....

44 posted on 09/07/2008 1:16:44 PM PDT by justlurking (The only remedy for a bad guy with a gun is a good guy with a gun.)
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To: Bobkk47
I thought after 25 years, a song becomes part of the “public domain”.

If that were true then we should be able to download Beatles and Rolling Stones from free web sites.

45 posted on 09/07/2008 1:18:16 PM PDT by Non-Sequitur
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To: pissant

I read that the guitarist co-writer of Barracuda was thrilled they used the song - if only in the “more sales” sense.


46 posted on 09/07/2008 1:18:16 PM PDT by pollwatcher (Palin was put on this earth to do two things: kill caribou and kick butt. She's all out of caribou.")
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To: ladyvet
I don’t know why the Republican’s don’t stick with country music and artists.

Or they could play a recording of fingernails on a chalkboard, either one.

47 posted on 09/07/2008 1:18:54 PM PDT by Straight Vermonter (Posting from deep behind the Maple Curtain)
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To: KoRn
Can the bands and or record labels legally compel someone not to play their music? Does that not violate “Fair Use” provisions?

Next thing you know we will have businesses claim they have the right to refuse service to anyone.

48 posted on 09/07/2008 1:20:17 PM PDT by Doe Eyes
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To: mrmargaritaville
Speaking of fat.. hehe

Anti-war protester complains about not having enough food. Asks for "Money for Jobs"
49 posted on 09/07/2008 1:20:19 PM PDT by ConservativeMan55 (Obama is the Democrats guy. They bought the ticket, now they must take the ride.)
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To: pissant
I read that their music can be played at a private gathering which what the convention was. It was by invitation only. There was a piece I think on Little Green Footballs or Newsbusters that laid out the legalese ... or was it on FR?
Not sure.
50 posted on 09/07/2008 1:20:37 PM PDT by SkyDancer ("Warning - Hurricane Sarah Is Coming")
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