John McCain Is Stealing Musicians’ Work Again

Who knew that when McCain praises the free market, he’s talking about taking songwriters’ work and using it in his campaign without permission or payment?

He actually did it twice: once during Sarah Palin’s convention speech on Wednesday evening, and then again last night at the end of the convention. Which means that not only did he steal Hearts’ work, but he ignored their written request for him to stop doing it:

Republican Vice Presidential candidate Sarah Palin has the nickname “Barracuda,” which inspired the use of the Heart song of the same name during Palin’s speech at the RNC on Wednesday night. Heart sent out a statement Thursday afternoon announcing they had sent a cease-and-desist letter asking the campaign to stop using the song. “The Republican campaign did not ask for permission to use the song, nor would they have been granted that permission. We have asked the Republican campaign publicly not to use our music. We hope our wishes will be honored.” Their wishes were not honored, as after John McCain’s RNC-ending speech last night, Palin joined him onstage to the sound of “Barracuda.” This set off Nancy Wilson, who told EW.com “I think it’s completely unfair to be so misrepresented. I feel completely fucked over.” Soon after, they issued another, more scathing statement:

“Sarah Palin’s views and values in NO WAY represent us as American women. We ask that our song ‘Barracuda’ no longer be used to promote her image. The song ‘Barracuda’ was written in the late ’70s as a scathing rant against the soulless, corporate nature of the music business, particularly for women. (The ‘barracuda’ represented the business.) While Heart did not and would not authorize the use of their song at the RNC, there’s irony in Republican strategists’ choice to make use of it there.”

It strikes me as odd that a candidate whose political and social philosophy is so far to the right would be so enamored of the music of left-wing musicians. Jackson Browne and John Mellencamp are among the artists who have lawsuits in progress against McCain for unauthorized use of their music.

4 Responses to “John McCain Is Stealing Musicians’ Work Again”

  1. Joe Arnold says:

    If you think the Republicans use these songs hoping the artists won’t mind, you’re naive. They know exactly what they’re doing. It’s actually kind of fun in a way– you get to use the song, and annoy a whiny celebrity at the same time.

  2. Kathy says:

    What would make you think that I think Republicans hope the artists won’t mind if they use the songs?

  3. Jeremy says:

    Using people’s property without their permission is a definition of stealing. Apparently Republicans think it’s OK to steal.

  4. Craig says:

    And Sam Moore of “Sam and Dave” fame apparently asked Obama’s campaign earlier this year to stop using “Hold on, I’m Coming” at rallies, because they had not asked for his permission beforehand.

    Blah, blah, blah.

    This stupid ticky-tack superficial nonsense about irrelevant issues is “Politics for Dummies” instead of true political discourse It adds nothing to the discussion. It’s like two kids in the back seat complaining that their sibling is touching them.

    If this is what’s important, we deserve what we get.

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