TLP: Rand Paul's 'Fly by Night' Campaign
Another Republican campaign using rock music, another legal dispute. This time, the candidate is U.S. Senate hopeful Rand Paul and the music is from the Canadian band Rush.
In Web ads and at campaign appearances, Republican U.S. Senate candidate Rand Paul sometimes has called on the music of the band Rush to give his message a little pop.Paul's campaign manager called the dispute a "non-issue" and wouldn't say whether the campaign would stop using Rush's music. If history is any guide, the Paul campaign could end up giving its lawyers something to do other than research the Civil Rights Act.
It turns out the campaign wasn't using the music with the band's permission, according to Rush's attorney, Robert Farmer.
Farmer, general counsel for the Anthem Entertainment Group Inc. in Toronto, which is Rush's record label, has sent a letter to Paul campaign officials informing them that they have violated copyright laws -- and urging them to stop."This is not a political issue -- this is a copyright issue," Farmer said in an interview. "We would do this no matter who it is."
Besides, all three members of Rush -- Geddy Lee, Alex Lifeson and Neil Peart -- are Canadians, not Americans, he pointed out.