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    Fri, 04 Jun 2010 09:44:32

    Rush Demands American Politician Stop Using Their Songs in His Senate Campaign - Claims copyright violations

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    Another day, politician "borrows" music from an artist without asking. Hot on the heels of The Talking Heads and Don Henley taking politicos to task for using their music as part of advertising in political bids without seeking permission, Canadian prog rock stalwarts Rush have demanded that Kentucky Republican Senate candidate Rand Paul stop using their music during public events and in online advertisements in his campaign, as he was never cleared to do so.

    Robert Farmer, an attorney for the band's Entertainment Group Inc. record label, informed Paul's campaign officials that they were breaking copyright laws, according to reports published by the Courier-Journal.com. Farmer also requested that Paul yank a political video using Rush music off YouTube.

    Farmer also claimed that the request is not politically motivated and that it is merely a copyright issue. He said that the band would have asked anyone using their music without permission to cease doing so.

    Why do so many politicians "borrow" music without asking? Can't they just ask nicely?

    —Amy Sciarretto
    06.04.10




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