The Romney campaign has received a cease-and-desist letter from the attorney of the band Silversun Pickups after using one of the band’s songs, “Panic Switch”, at a recent campaign event in North Carolina without permission of the band.
Apparently, the campaigned played the song at an event but never attempted to contact the band or any of its representatives for permission according to reports.
Band representative Ken Weinstein said in a statement, “Seems as if the GOP is once again whimsically ignoring our great nation’s laws to do whatever it wants to do,” while lead guitarist Brian Aubert was reported to have said, “While he is inadvertently playing a song that describes his whole campaign, we doubt that ‘Panic Switch’ really sends the message he intends.”
The Romney campaign responded by saying, “The song was inadvertently played during event set-up before Gov. Romney arrived at the location… but we will not play it again.”
The band maintains that the song was played without regard for copyright or intellectual property laws.
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