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    Thu, 03 Jun 2010 10:00:44

    California Judge Rules that Don Henley Songs Were Unlawfully Adapted  - By a Republican Senatorial candidate, no less

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    Politicos like to break the rules when it comes to publishing royalties, it seems. A judge in California ruled that two of Don Henley's signature solo tunes, "All She Wants to Do is Dance" and "The Boys of Summer," were both unlawfully adapted by California Republican senatorial candidate Chuck DeVore, who wrote and recorded altered versions without permission for a pair of YouTube campaign videos, according to reports published by The Hollywood Reporter. While we live in the digital age and it seems cool that even suit wearing politicians are employing the plugged in generation's modes of communication to make direct contact, that doesn't give said politician the right to borrow an artist's material without seeking permission and thus paying for their usage of intellectual, artistic property.

    This isn't the first time musicians have taken Republicans to trial over non-approved use of their music as campaign songs; David Byrne of The Talking Heads filed suit last month for such an infraction. The Henley case, however, is the first time a parody song was taken to task in the courts. Henley had a problem with "Boys of Summer" morphing into a knock-off dubbed "Hope of November," as well as DeVore's "All She Wants to Do is Tax." U.S. District Court Judge James Selna ruled that DeVore's mockeries exceeded the rights of fair use and that the copyrights were infringed upon.

    Do you agree with the judge's rulings?

    —Amy Sciarretto
    06.03.10




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