Republican candidates. Will they ever learn?
The band Silversun Pickups wants Mitt Romney to quit using their song “Panic Switch” at events, firing off a cease and desist letter to make sure he does.
According to frontman Brian Aubert, Romney has been using their 2009 single (below) without asking for permission … not that he would’ve received it:
“We don’t like people going behind our backs, using our music without asking, and we don’t like the Romney campaign. We’re nice, approachable people.”
“We won’t bite. Unless you’re Mitt Romney!”
Aubert also notes that the candidate’s illegal use of the song is ironic, because “he is inadvertently playing a song that describes his whole campaign.”
The letter notes that in 2008, GOP nominee John McCain was sued by Jackson Browne for using his hit song “Running on Empty” without permission.
That was just one of many such examples, so many in fact that the GOP promised to “respect and uphold the rights of artists and to obtain permissions.”