Wednesday, September 10, 2008

IP in the News: GOP taking some heat over copyright

While I was looking for some information to update my previous post about the Presidential candidates' positions on intellectual property, I came across this story on Wired News.

It appears that the GOP has received a cease-and-desist notice from rock band Heart's management after playing the song "Barracuda" publicly at the Republican National Convention on Thursday, allegedly without permission. The band posted this note about the incident on their website.

According to the Wired piece, this incident follows a couple of objections to the McCain campaign's use of music for advertisements -- Jackson Brown has filed suit alleging infringement in the use of one of his songs in a campaign commercial, and YouTube removed a campaign video featuring a Frankie Valli song at the request of Warner Brothers.

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