Saturday, February 4, 2012
Well, Newt, There's Always the Nuge
G.O.P. Candidates Are Told, Don’t Use the Verses, It’s Not Your Song. (The New York Times, 2/4/2012)
Excerpt: So rare is it for Republicans to get rockers’ support that it surprised many in the music business when in early December Mr. Romney asked Kid Rock for permission to use “Born Free” during the campaign and got his blessing.
It seems that every campaign season the issue of politicians’ use of pop songs without permission crops up, often with partisan overtones. And with the Internet making it easier for musicians to track the use of their songs, and with the country’s politics becoming more bitterly divided, more musicians are making legal complaints and prevailing.