[QUOTE=jhtalisman;2145400]There is a difference in playing a song in a bar vs. using it in a nationally run ad, especially when the target audience may get the impression that you (and your song) are official supporters of whatever it is, in this case a presidental election.[/QUOTE]
Have you ever heard Rush Limbaugh’s theme song “My City Was Gone”? The song’s author, Chrissie Hynde hates him but he still uses the song anyway. She can only make him pay royalties but she can’t stop him from using it. The same goes for most songs ever written. The recording industry’s greed comes first in these situations. I did read somewhere that use of Heart’s song “Barracuda” (used at the RNC convention) is not controlled by the band. JCM and others might be different.
[QUOTE=jhtalisman;2145400]And, also in this case, there was no check written. McCain’s campaign took it upon themselves to use the song(s) without permission from the copyright owner. So the RIAA should be filing a lawsuit right about…now.
If they didn’t pay royalties then they should have but they don’t necessarily have to ask permission to use a song. Also, many times the owner of the venue pays the royalties and not the renter of the facility. There are mechanisms in place to pay royalties without asking permission first. I’ve never seen where McCain’s campaign didn’t pay royalties but I’ll default to what you said if you are sure of it.
[QUOTE=olyteddy;2145416]Exactly my point in starting this thread. McCain has created yet another category of copyright law…[B][U]‘Un’[/U][/B]-Fair Use. It’s like Rush Limbaugh using the Pretenders’ “My City Was Gone” as his bumper…[/QUOTE]
I lose concern for most of these bands when they will use there music to hock everything from toothpaste to Jaguars. Then when it is played a couple of times at a political even they act like they have been violated beyond repair. I guess I should be PO’ed and sue for when I tune into an awards show expecting to watch awards being accepted and acceptance speeches being given and then get pummeled with political rants. Maybe there is a false advertising claim to be won?