Jackson Browne Sues the McCain Campaign
Fri, 15 Aug 2008 10:13:57
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Jackson Browne has filed a lawsuit in the U.S. District Court of Los Angeles, claiming that John McCain and the Republican party used his "Running on Empty" song without permission. According to court papers written by Browne's lawyer, Lawrence Iser, the track was used in an ad where "Senator McCain and the Republicans mock Democratic candidate for president Barack Obama for suggesting that the country conserve gas through proper tire inflation … Not only have Senator McCain and his agents plainly infringed Mr. Browne's copyright in 'Running on Empty,' but the Federal Courts have long held that the unauthorized use of a famous singer's voice in a commercial constitutes a false endorsement and a violation of the singer's right of publicity."
Err, maybe McCain should have looked into Browne's past (he's a lifelong Democrat) before using his music to blast the person he's likely voting for.
—The ARTISTdirect Staff