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Foo Fighters Demand McCain Campaign Stop Using Song… Could a Lawsuit Follow?

The Foo Fighters, led by guitarist Dave Grohl, are fuming at the McCain group for using their song “My Hero” at campaign rallies.  The campaign has not asked for permission from the band, management, publisher or record label.

The following statement was issued by the band:

“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!”

Could a potential intellectual property lawsuit be far behind? This is not the first time the McCain group has used music without an artists position. The were pumping Heart’s “Barracuda” when Palin was first announced.

October 8th, 2008 Posted by | Copyright, Copyright Infringement | no comments

Hannah Montana Co-Creator is Demanding His Royalties Percentage

Michael Poryes, co-creator of the Hannah Montana character which has brought in billions for Disney, says he is entitled to a percentage of the bank brought in by the books, movies and merchandise.

Poryes is suing using intellectual property law for almost $1 million dollars for compensatory damages, punitive damages, court costs and of course interest.

Disney at this time does not have any comment.

October 8th, 2008 Posted by | Copyright, Copyright Infringement, Lawsuit | no comments