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McCain: Jackson Browne Used Me!

11/19/2008 2:40 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF

John McCain claims kook-rocker Jackson Browne pitched a fit over the candidate's use of the song "Running on Empty" for one reason -- to make sure Browne's new album won't be running on empty.

Jackson sued John back in August over the Prez-seeker's use of his song in an Ohio campaign ad about gas prices. Now, McCain's lawyers filed a response, saying Jackson complained so he could get press to promote his new album, which came out a month later.

J-Mac also makes the argument he could use the tune whenever and where he wants because he was running for Prez, not trying to make a buck off it. If the court buys this "political speech as public interest" claim, it pretty much means curtains for a bunch of other musicians who were PO'd about their songs being used by the GOP.

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Melissa    

Glad he didn't win the Presidency but here's hoping he wins this one. I hate whiny washed up actors/musicians/dancers who think they are still relevant.

2109 days ago
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Triple Play    

Jackson Browne is so past due. McCain is right all that washed up jerk wants is the Pub. He wasn't that good in the 70's I am sure that by now he really sucks.

2109 days ago
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mccainsthekook    

Kook-rocker? He's one of the finest song writers alive!

2109 days ago
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Triple Play    

What a freaking loser/ Who cares about a has been musician trying to sell a lame album. Jackson you are so done it isn't funny

2109 days ago
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Assamite01    

I believe the term that fits is "using the song for personal gain". Which of course MacJ was doing. Since the song itself is not within public domain, the rights to the song and how it may be used belong to the artist. MacJ should just wrap his shredded linen shrouds about his stooped shoulders, shuffle back to his sarcaphogus (sic?), pull the lid closed and shut his whiney ass up!

2109 days ago
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WesCAdle    

Whether or not you like the dude's music is irrelevant - he wrote it, so he owns it and should have a say in how it's used in a public platform. In some artists opinion, using their songs in certain political campaigns where they do not agree with the candidate's views is as defiling as slashing a VanGogh.

2109 days ago
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DON'T U KNOW WHO I THINK I AM?!    

THIS OLD FART IS NOT THE PRESIDENT BECAUSE OF ACTIONS LIKE THESE.
HE DID NOT WRITE ANY OF THE SONGS USED FOR HIS CAMPAIGN,DID NOT HAVE PERMISSION TO USE THEM ETC.
REGARDLESS OF WHAT ANYONE THINKS OF THE ARTIST BEING UPSET-JMCAIN HAD NO RIGHT !!!!!!!!!
ANYONE ELSE WOULD BE GETTING SUED-BIG TIME.



GLAD HE LOST!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

2109 days ago
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H.B    

Well he is a liberal kook if not a kook rocker and any lawyer worth their salt could argue that the song is in the publc domain, so piss off.

2109 days ago
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John Belushi    

Jackson Brown is NOT a kook. He's a junkie.

2109 days ago
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honesty    

If I write a song, I should have the right to decide where it is played in public in support of who, especially in certain situations. If someone is playing your song, as the new theme song for the Nambla(North American Man/Boy Love Association), The make Child Porn legal group, then you should be able to say no!

If this isn't true than advertizing would never have to pay for a song again.

2109 days ago
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maria    

Response to #7: Any lawyer worth his salt could argue that the song is in the public domain? How so? Because we've all heard it? So same goes for all Beatles songs? Madonna songs? Dumb ass. Jackson Browne, washed up or not, owns the song and is entitled to royalties, and any lawyer worth his salt could prove it and win compensation.

2109 days ago
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Triple Play    

Jackson Brownes initials backwards are B J. and that is what he is

2109 days ago
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suspicious    

Jackson Browne's music really got me through some tough times in the 1980s--particularly "Your Bright Baby Blues" a song I played endlessly in my darkest times. I strongly feel the artist is do the respect and Mr. Browne SHOULD try and take legal action BECAUSE THE SONG WAS USED FOR JOHN MC CAIN's PERSONAL GAIN. I admire Jackson Browne's songwriting, sincerely.

2109 days ago
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dot    

So? John McCain invited a mental patient to run for VP just to get some ink for his campaign. What's the difference? Oh yeah, the new Jackson Browne album doesn't advocate going to war with a nuclear Russia.

2109 days ago
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R.Zimmerman    

12. Jackson Browne's music really got me through some tough times in the 1980s--particularly "Your Bright Baby Blues"

Posted at 2:47PM on Nov 19th 2008 by ROCKY MOUNTAINS



Anyone who writes a song with a gross title like that deserves to be beaten not rewarded.

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