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In case you haven't heard, the American Republican party have been using the 70's hit song "Barracuda" by Heart during a number of parts of their campaign as a congratulatory theme for Sarah Palin.

Ann and Nancy Wilson of Heart sent a cease-and-desist notice to the Republican Party early this month telling them to stop it.

The Republican party have not stopped it.

Cease and Desist, You Old Fart.

No idea what paper it was printed in, so I'm waiting for a little bit more confirmation, but still...It was printed in the Seattle Stranger, but I haven't been able to find anything on their website. Spoof or real?

Sourced from here via Bill in Exile.

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normalcyispasse
Sep. 22nd, 2008 02:11 pm (UTC)
It's neat, but I believe that to be a spoof.
halloranelder
Sep. 22nd, 2008 02:22 pm (UTC)
I suspect so as well, from what I've seen on the Seattle Stranger website, but some of the things I've seen of Nancy Wilson's reaction to it continuing to be used makes me wonder.
paradigmshifty
Sep. 22nd, 2008 02:26 pm (UTC)
The problem is that sometimes you can licence music directly from ASCAP in the US, without going through the artists. It depends on just how the copyright and contracts are set up.

Heart are in this situation and can't do anything about the GOP's use of their music.

They are however really going to donate the royalties to Obama.
halloranelder
Sep. 22nd, 2008 02:32 pm (UTC)
I don't think so.

I've read a few peoples take on it, and you might be right. However, there is a BIG difference between getting permission to use a song in public (which is what licensing via ASCAP is) and using it to promote something. If the owner of that song says no, they have the ultimate authority.

It's happened a few times in Australia that I'm aware of. A company has licensed the use of a particular song for an advertising campaign, however after the campaign has started, the owner of the song has objected to the use and rescinded the right to use it. As a result the advertising campaign has had to cease. Of course, I can't remember the exact song and/or ad, but I do remember it happening multiple times.

Though, yes, I do like the fact they are donating royalties to the Obama campaign. :)
paradigmshifty
Sep. 22nd, 2008 02:40 pm (UTC)
True.

As I said, it depends ultimately on who owns the copyright. In this case it may be held by the record company, the band or any configuration of band members. We just don't know enough details to know what the legal situation is.

The same thing happened recently with the GOP and a Jackson Browne song, and his cease-and-desist was a legal one which they were forced to comply with. That they have felt free to ignore this one tends to indicate that the situation may be different.
halloranelder
Sep. 22nd, 2008 02:59 pm (UTC)
Interesting.

I'm just going to wait and see what happens/have happened here.
elfs
Sep. 22nd, 2008 03:28 pm (UTC)
I live here. I've read the Stranger for years. That sounds exactly like their page 3 editor having a load of fun. I'm pretty sure the sentiment is Ann and Nancy's, but the language is pure Dan Savage.
crazyjane13
Sep. 23rd, 2008 01:20 am (UTC)

Mind you, I think the band's former guitarist had the best answer to the McPain campaign's refusal to stop using that song.

He's going to donate the royalties from every single playing to the Obama-Biden campaign.
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