By Tony Hicks
Wednesday, October 8th, 2008 at 11:39 am in Uncategorized.
I just got this press release from the agency that handles the Foo Fighters. And that Dave Grohl always seems so wacky and stuff … But it does, again, bring up the point that artists get touchy when it comes to what their songs represent, at least when they were written, as opposed to how politicians and other people represent them.
And they should be, though, again, there’s the question of fair use. Whose song is it once it’s released to the public? And why do automakers have to pay an artist — and pay handsomely — when they use a song to represent a product, but not politicians? It’s not like they aren’t pushing a product. Anyway, here’s what the Foo Fighters have to say about it:
FOO FIGHTERS DENOUNCE UNAUTHORIZED USE OF THEIR MUSIC BY MCCAIN CAMPAIGN
Having received confirmed press reports that John McCain has been using Foo Fighters’ “My Hero” as the latest in a number of unauthorized theme songs at his campaign rallies without seeking permission from the band, its management, record label or publisher, Foo Fighters have issued the following statement: This isn’t the first time the McCain campaign has used a song without making any attempt to get approval or permission from the artist. It’s frustrating and infuriating that someone who claims to speak for the American people would repeatedly show such little respect for creativity and intellectual property. The saddest thing about this is that ‘My Hero’ was written as a celebration of the common man and his extraordinary potential. To have it appropriated without our knowledge and used in a manner that perverts the original sentiment of the lyric just tarnishes the song. We hope that the McCain campaign will do the right thing and stop using our song–and start asking artists’ permission in general!
Update, courtesy of the Wall Street Journal:
[...] In any event, here’s what the McCain-Palin campaign had to say about it all: “The McCain-Palin campaign respects copyright. Accordingly, this campaign has obtained and paid for licenses from performing rights organizations, giving us permission to play millions of different songs, including ‘My Hero.’”
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