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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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DaveT    

...."Screw you Romney for making people aware of our band and increasing our youtube hits by thousands of new views and bringing us hundreds of new album and MP3 sales....just to prove our point we're not going to accept any of the new sales money or spend any of it!...we won't!...just watch and see!....here we are not spending the money!....we mean it!....oh what's this I'm holding?... aw shucks it's nothing special just a brand new Ipad.."

694 days ago
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In Depth News    


Leftist Silversun Pickups made a lot of money from republican or independant leaning consumers . Can this reckless Leftist Music Group (Silversun) Dictate their Ideals to their own consumers through lawsuits ?

The Attack Against Mitt Romney (from Leftist Silversun Pickups Sounds) to be a Reckless Attack or Claim based (Maybe) on their left leaning Ideals.

If a Music Group does Not want a Political Party or Movement to be played at events (from conservative ,free market capitalism ORliberal collective, socialist events) The Music Group SHOULD Put On their Record Label or Album a Disclaimer that 'more or less' Reads "This Music Group .... does Not Support this Ideal...", Therefore It Would Be Fair For ALL PARTIES Involved (This Music Group and The Party or Ideal)..

The Consumer then can make a decision to Buy the Album and the Music Group has the Right to Discredit that Political Party or Ideal from Using their Music.

694 days ago
18.

aquanet    

Just like MItt- looking for that loophole or pretend to be legit until caught.

694 days ago
19.

Mike    

These idiots should feel lucky that anyone is playing their songs. They should be thanking Romney for the exposure. How many people even heard of them before?

694 days ago
20.

zeke    

It all sounds like clicks and pops to me

694 days ago
21.

aquanet    

Its illegal to use other people's work without their permission. Period. Believe it or not, not everyone's life goal revolves around making money. Perhaps being associated with someone like Mitt isnt something they want regardless of money, and who can blame them. There is something to be said for taste and principles.

694 days ago
22.

Rockmelon    

Somebody goofed but it wasn't Mitt himself. But you would think that people would know enough to cover all the bases. This is a common occurrence.

694 days ago
23.

Dan    

Not period. Compulsory license. Look it up. All the Romney campaign has to do is purchase a compulsory license, and they are cleared to use it however they wish, regardless of band permission.

694 days ago
24.

Jen    

LOVE this song and this band! Met them at their concert. At least Mitt has good taste in music.

694 days ago
25.

fstblk    

Megadeath is available!!!

694 days ago
26.

Lisa    

Romney/Ryan 2012

694 days ago
27.

Level34    

Aubert is such a little PISS WHINER!!! He reminds me of Lars Ulrich when he cried about that whole Napster incident. GET OVER YOURSELVES...

694 days ago
28.

Tom    

Is that letter some sort of a joke? I don't know of any actual attorneys that would send out something as stupid as that. It sounds like some wannabes wrote it.

694 days ago
29.

Christy    

Never heard of that band and their song sucks. That about sums it up

694 days ago
30.

USArmy    

I bet if Obama used it they wouldn't complain. What a bunch of hypocrites!

694 days ago
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