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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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31.

Brandt    

The least Moneybags Mitt could do is pay them a royalty. Romney is a rich pariah who simply can’t identify with ANY average American through his fog of lies and network of havened money. He’ll only continue to get booed out of the room by every group of minority and middle class voters he comes across. His religion and wealth is highly elitist and everyone in this country has had it with his kind. We’re telling Mitt he can’t buy this election! Read about the role of his money and his Magic Mormon Underwear are playing in the polls at http://dregstudiosart.blogspot.com/2012/05/mitt-romneys-magic-mormon-underwear.html

748 days ago
32.

verlinda    

STEALING IS A NO NO MITT. This is how the Rich stay Rich

748 days ago
33.

Alli    

Your music sucks anyway.

748 days ago
34.

R Smith    

Silversun Pickups? Never heard of you. But you should be happy someone is playing your song. Why don't you just make Obama a song ....something like "Your gone in November" or "The Great Destroyer"

748 days ago
35.

Vanessa    

GOP booooooooooooooooooo!!!! Mitt Romney ewwwwwwwwwwwwww!!!

748 days ago
36.

Dave    

Come on this has to be a joke and a fake attorney letter. Clearly the most unprofessional letter every delivered from a claimed attorney. I would NEVER use an attorney who sent that kind of letter. BOYCOTT the third rate band Silversun Pickups.

748 days ago
37.

Swins    

Can't he license their song from the song owner and catalog?

748 days ago
38.

I am Spartacus    

Silversun Pickup is a pretty good band, you people who have never heard of them need to turn off the pop stations once in a while. All they play is the same 10-12 songs over and over again, pop, pop rap and pop rock unless you listen to a country station or hip hop station.

748 days ago
39.

Orwellia    

They should be thrilled to get the exposure. TMZ should be ashamed to be just another shill for the liberals.

748 days ago
40.

saicon    

This Brian Aubert guy should be thanking Romney's campaign profusely for even playing this garbage and putting their name out there.

748 days ago
41.

Tiffany    

This is no surprise since all of Hollywood is liberals and no one would let a Republican ever use their music. There are better supporters with better music the GOP can use. Liberals are intellictually dishonest, that is just the plain truth. Romney = real businessman who built businesses and is wealthy by his own doing. Obama = Community Organizer with little to no experience and gets rich off of writing multiple books on himself. Self righteous ass who is destroying this country. Time to go back to Chicago and organize that horrific murderous city. FYI - Of the past 4 mayors of Chicago, 3 are in jail. Great place to come from.

748 days ago
42.

Keith    

You guys are stupid! Deluxe

748 days ago
43.

Donna    

It's appropriate Mitt would have used a song by the name of "Panic Switch." If he's elected, that's exactly what this country will have hit.

748 days ago
44.

arale norimaki    

Anyone in their right mind can't vote Romney.

George Romney resisted releasing a single year of taxes, arguing that it wouldn't present an accurate picture...but then he made a surprising offer: He would release the past 12 years of tax returns...That way, it wouldn't look like a stunt

748 days ago
45.

Slomoshun    

He needs to fall off the face of the earth..I don't care about this topic, but Mitt is a freaking tool belt.

748 days ago
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