John McCain sued by Jackson Browne
John McCain is being sued by the artist Jackson Browne over the use of his song “Running on Empty” without his permission.
In the suit, filed in U.S. District Court in Los Angeles, Browne claims McCain and the party did not obtain permission to use the song for an ad in which “Senator McCain and the Republicans mock Democratic candidate for president Barack Obama for suggesting that the country conserve gas through proper tire inflation.”
The ad was pulled following Browne’s request. Browne, a lifelong Democrat, is seeking more than $75,000 in damages and a permanent injunction prohibiting the use of the song in any form by the McCain party.
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,” Lawrence Iser, Browne lawyer, said.
And McCain’s response?
John McCain’s campaign said Thursday it had nothing to do with a campaign ad now the subject of a lawsuit filed by musician Jackson Browne.
McCain spokesman Brian Rogers said Thursday the ad in question was not from the McCain campaign, but from the Ohio Republican Party. “[It] had nothing to do with the McCain campaign,” he said.
I guess the seas of creativity have really dried up for McCain, would you believe this is the second time in less than a week he has been caught infringing on the rights of others? Oh yes, he did it again! McCain unveiled a new web ad called Fan Club that calls Obama dreamy, and a rock star.
But the ad may have crossed the copyright line at the end by including footage of Mike Myers and Dana Carvey doing their Wayne and Garth “We’re not worthy” schtick from years past on “Saturday Night Live.”
Hollywood types jumped into the fray, directing the McCain campaign to cease and desist — and so it did.
McCain’s camp blamed Myers for turning his “people” on the Republican.
However, Myers’ Hollywood attorney, Martin Singer, said he made no such demand and was unaware who did. Rogers said that Myers publicist raised the concern.
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