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Mitt Romney

Accused of Hijacking

Silversun Pickups Song

8/15/2012 4:45 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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0816_mitt_romney_letter_launchMitt Romney's been engaging in illegal activity -- playing the rock tune "Panic Switch" on the campaign trail without permission from the band Silversun Pickups -- this according to the band which fired off a cease and desist letter to the candidate today.

According to the band's frontman Brian Aubert, Romney has been using their 2009 hit ... even though no one ever asked them for permission, but it's pretty clear he wouldn't have gotten it even if he asked.

Aubert says, "We don't like people going behind our backs, using our music without asking, and we don't like the Romney campaign. We're nice, approachable people. We won't bite. Unless you're Mitt Romney!"

TMZ obtained a copy of the cease and desist, in which the band points out this also happened in 2008 ... when Sen. John McCain was sued by Jackson Browne for using "Running on Empty" without permission.

According to the letter, Republicans promised to "respect and uphold the rights of artists and to obtain permissions" after that debacle.

Aubert also says Romney's a victim of irony ... because "he is inadvertently playing a song that describes his whole campaign."

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136.

Woot    

The funniest part of this is that they can slam wRongney all they want and as a result, get a ton of publicity just for bringing the lawsuit. I never heard of them until now, nor would I have if Mitt used the song, but now I'm curious about the group and, by the comments about them, my interest is piqued! Way to go!

706 days ago
137.

Ratings Needed    

Too bad TMZ didn't print ALL the information rather than giving this unknown group free PR-

"The song was inadvertently played DURING EVENT SET UP BEFORE Gov. Romney arrived at the location. As anyone who attends Gov. Romney's events knows, this IS NOT a song they would have played intentionally. That said, the 'music' was COVERED UNDER THE CAMPAIGN'S BLANKET LICENSE & will not be played again."

706 days ago
138.

wishitwereme    

The letter is hilarious. "Please know that none of those buzzwords works for you here" Ha HA HA.
If it were my recording and I had a choice between selling a billion records or personally telling Mitt Romney to go **** himself, I'd do what they did; I'd personally tell Mitt Romney to go **** himself.

706 days ago
139.

empathy400    

I find it hilarious that Republicans are always talking about there rights and how the government shouldn't get involved, yet they have no problem taking others rights away, its about time they get a taste of there own medicine and all I can do is sit back and watch them squirm .

706 days ago
140.

Donna    

It's no big deal. Alot of people running for office have been asked not to use a song anymore for their campaigns by the songs artist. Even President Obama was asked not to
use a song after the artist saw him using it during his Presidential Campaign. No BIG DEAL.

706 days ago
141.

mozilla    

They were asked to cease and they did. Who the heck are these people anyway. Mitt just gave them free promo. And your headline is ridiculous!

706 days ago
142.

Linda    

Big F ing deal. I am sure they stopped using the song. Sounds like Silversun is looking for some free ink. Harvey why waste space on this and discussing it on your show just made you and your dumb bells seem even dumber..if that is possible.

706 days ago
143.

Hihi    

Why the hate for the band? They obviously don't agree with his political views and just because you have never heard of the band, doesn't make them bad or obscure!

705 days ago
144.

Hyde    

Oh please. Mitt Romney's the best thing that ever happened to....what was the name of those whiny morons again?

705 days ago
145.

Mannixmo    

Never even heard of this group. I. Hope Mitt wins. We do not need the rest of the country ending up like California .ask yourself this question, "are we better off 4 yrs later! No! We are 16 TRILLION in debt. no job!No economic growth! Stick with the facts for once and use your brain! If you want 4more yrs of Obama..... Your too stupid to even argue with.

705 days ago
146.

Jimmy Changa    

I think "row, row, row, your boat" is still available... Doesn't MittTwit think that "life is but a dream"?

694 days ago
147.

kitnplayn    

You must be really thick if you haven't yet figured out, that you must be a liar and thief in order to qualify as a Republican supporter.

673 days ago
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