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Watercooler: The Spirit of Artists

So El Rushbo has been using songs by the band Rush for quite some time now. And the band has had quite enough of that, thank you. Via Bob Cesca, the attorney for the band Rush weighed in today:

I am the attorney for Rush, their management company, S.R.O. Management Inc., their music publishing company, Core Music Publishing and their record company, The Anthem Entertainment Group Inc.

According to media reports, Rush Limbaugh, Premiere Radio Networks and The Rush Limbaugh Show have been using Rush’s recorded music as part of what is essentially a political broadcast.

The use of Rush’s music in this way is an infringement of Rush’s copyrights and trademarks. The public performance of Rush’s music is not licensed for political purposes and any such use is in breach of public performance licenses and constitutes copyright infringement. There are civil and criminal remedies for copyright infringement, including statutory damages and fines.

Accordingly, we hereby demand that you immediately stop all use of Rush’s music and confirm that you will do so.

Yours very truly,
Robert A. Farmer
Director of Legal Affairs
S.R.O. Management Inc.,
Core Music Publishing
The Anthem Entertainment Group Inc.

*Standing On Chair Clapping!* The exact song that was playing as El Rushbo was making his “sex tape” comment regarding Ms. Fluke was Spirit of Radio, the one embedded at the top of the post.

I hope more musicians do this – deny campaigns the fruit of their art – a lot more.

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