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Late Night: GOP Says They’re Sorry for Misuse of Artists’ Songs

Jackson Brown successfully sued John McCain, the Ohio Republican Party and the Republican National Committee for copyright infringement, false endorsement and violating his right of publicity when "Running On Empty" was used without permission in a McCain campaign ad that aired on TV and the Internet. Heart, John Mellencamp, and the Foo Fighters also had their music misappropriated by the GOP during the 2008 campaign.

According to Billboard, the Republicans:

settled out of court for an undisclosed amount of money and a public apology from the Republican camp, along with a pledge "to respect and uphold the rights of artists and to obtain permissions and/or licenses for copyrighted works where appropriate."

It’s a start. What else do they have to apologize for?

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Lisa Derrick

Lisa Derrick

Los Angeles native, attended UC Berkeley and Loyola Marymount University before punk rock and logophilia overtook her life. Worked as nightclub columnist, pop culture journalist and was a Hollywood housewife before writing for and editing Sacred History Magazine. Then she discovered the thrill of politics. She also appears frequently on the Dave Fanning Show, one of Ireland's most popular radio broadcasts.