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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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46.

Woot    

This whole "they should be PRIVILEGED to get the exposure" really don't get what THEFT is about, do you?

735 days ago
47.

tgrfan42069    

lol they are getting free press where ever he goes and this song plays.yet they whine about it.they love obama who wants to raise their taxes.what morons they are

735 days ago
48.

Porno the Clown    

Liberal pukes!

735 days ago
49.

Rob    

The a-hole Obama hijacked America. Romney can do anything he wants to get back freedom and kick the welfare parasite losers to the curb!

735 days ago
50.

bjay    

Good. That's the crappiest song i ever heard.

735 days ago
51.

CelebJustice    

OMG!!! ILLEGAL ACTIVITY???

You mean like selling guns to MEXICAN DRUG GANGS used to KILL US Border Agents, US and Mexican citizens????

Oh wait, thats our current Liar In Chief. Barrack Barry Soetoro Obama.

Get a clue people, Obama is SOOO SHADY! You really need to do the research on what this man is about.

735 days ago
52.

ohmeowzer    

I'm voting Romney/Ryan ... so sick of Obama... he has ruined America.. i voted for him and will never do it again ... i'm a Black lady and so sick of Biden's racial slurs and Obama not saying or doing the right thing... sick of him and his dumbo biden... someone needs to put Biden in chains or a straight jacket . .. cause he crazy ...

735 days ago
53.

Ben    

"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!"

I can't see what he liked about it, no name song by a no name band. Keep your lousy a** song. Hateful a** people on the left

735 days ago
54.

Kasey    

ROMNEY/RYAN 2012!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

735 days ago
55.

God-Of-Lyf    

It's sad that this is the only airplay this group is getting yet they want to pull the plug. Most people have not even heard of them till now. Psssst I say drop their gay @ss song and pick a better tune Mitt!!!

735 days ago
56.

BERT    

Blah blah blah whiny democrats - Fine this proud Republican wont be buying your music as well!!
GO ROMEY!!!!!

735 days ago
57.

Mayu    

A. never heard of them. B. They should be thankful for the publicity because while they may not like Romney's politics, there are hundreds of thousands who do, and will hear the song...

735 days ago
58.

NGMstudios    

Do I care? No. No, I believe I don't.

735 days ago
59.

tina    

I do not understand why groups like this and stars and what not.. Are so rude and adamant about certain political parties... I agree everyone is entitled to their own opinions... But when you WANT people to buy your stuff..... Why do you alienate half the population? I don't know this song never heard this song or the group... And NOW I never will

735 days ago
60.

George Bailey    

If only I'd ever heard of the song or the band, I might care what they think. They are getting more free exposure from Mr. Romney's campaign than they could possibly have ever hoped for. They can take their song and head back to obscurity anytime now.

735 days ago
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