Jackson Browne Sues John McCain Over Song Use
September 11, 2008 at 6:38 AM (PT)
Presidential candidate Sen. JOHN MCCAIN and the REPUBLICAN NATIONAL COMMITTEE are facing a CALIFORNIA federal court lawsuit over their use of JACKSON BROWNE's song, "Running on Empty," in a campaign advertisement. BROWNE alleges the ad falsely suggests that BROWNE endorses or is associated with MCCAIN and the REPUBLICAN PARTY.
The OHIO REPUBLICAN PARTY released the challenged ad, in which MCCAIN mocks DEMOCRATIC Presidential candidate BARACK OBAMA's suggestion that Americans conserve gasoline by properly inflating their automobile tires.
BROWNE says MCCAIN and his agents have engaged in a consistent pattern of unauthorized use of copyrighted songs in an effort to boost the candidate's image. MCCAIN ads have featured songs by FRANKI VALLI, ABBA and JOHN MELLENCAMP, all of whom have demanded that the senator stop using their songs.