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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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61.

Lola    

Never heard of Silversun, but I have heard of Romney. These "musicians" are feeling way too important, more than they are. They ought to be glad someone noticed their little song and played it for the public. This is probably the most publicity these people get, to write cease and desist letters to a governor, and potential president. So these guys are elected president one day, and you've got a cease and desist letter on them. Guess you won't be playing at any White House events in the next decade or so.

614 days ago
62.

BERT    

Blah blah Whiny Lefty Trolls!!!

I guess they don't want this Republican helping pay for there bills - by purchasing there music Blah blah blah - Hope Romey gets in -just to piss them off!
GO ROMEY!!!

614 days ago
63.

really! really?    

TMZ should be an escape from all of the politics we are inundated with at this time. Campaign crap pollutes our TVs, our e-mail, our telephones, and our cities (billboards). Hopefully TMZ will get back to doing what it does best and leave politics (including Hilary's possible VP run) out of the mix.

614 days ago
64.

Hank    

Since I am voting for Mitt and your band must be for Obama the moron I wouldn't listen to any song you have. I'm sure Mitt can find better this this.

614 days ago
65.

MadCharles    

What a bunch of whining asses, whom ever the hell they are. American Idol leftovers I guess.

614 days ago
66.

MadCharles    

Just listened to their four note song. Why would romney lower himself with this trash. They haven't sold crap. just hype

614 days ago
67.

Ex Mrs Mensch    

Totally agree w/ Work4Bacon. SSP are managed by Peter Mensch, of Q Prime (Metallica Boss) and husband of Louise Mensch, promoter of menshn.com and former British MP. Q Prime encouraged Metallica to go after Napster. No surprise here.

614 days ago
68.

Ex Mrs Mensch    

Totally agree w/ Work4Bacon. SSP are managed by Peter Mensch, of Q Prime (Metallica Boss) and husband of Louise Mensch, promoter of menshn.com and former British MP. Q Prime encouraged Metallica to go after Napster. No surprise here.

614 days ago
69.

CasinoPImp    

Where are your tax returns Willard?

614 days ago
70.

Elizabeth    

I love celebrity gossip and TMZ, but if you continue to report the leftist, crappy, dumb-a-- response that you have so far, I'm going to check out. Don't be a f-cktard, TMZ! Either be fair, or declare yourself a political tv show.

614 days ago
71.

CrankyMaddog    

Robme strikes again....

614 days ago
72.

truc10    

WHAT EVER. wow, that mitt is a really bad politition for this one. jeeeeez

614 days ago
73.

binks17    

Saw these guys in concert....meh. Did not buy CD. Now I am glad I did not. Funny how both sides do this but it's always the republican candidates that are "stealing". It's only because most bands don't care when the libs do it.

614 days ago
74.

Mingo    

for the love of God Mitt use good music..

614 days ago
75.

opal    

What band? What song? Oh wait, they confessed that this song describes the Romeny campaign? Then I suppose they owe the GOP some royalties.

Idiots.

614 days ago
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