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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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76.

Phishie from Philly    

You're not allowed to use the word high jack during an election. That's like saying bomb on an airplane. You can't do it.
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Phishie from Philly

715 days ago
77.

Rebecca    

Could he be any dumber???

715 days ago
78.

gamepro    

mitt romney sucks ass and we need to keep obama in another term because romney only cares about the middle class so **** you

715 days ago
79.

kitnplayn    

The rest of the world is looking at Republican Americans and shaking their heads at the stupidity of it all. Religions are cults, by definition, and these morons are manipulating the sheep who are easily brainwashed with fear of the afterlife, by aligning their political party as "god's party". If you morons would open your eyes and do your own research, you would see what a fool you are to support the republican con job. Check out Tony Strickland, for example. He was fined several thousand dollars for failing to report campaign contributions, which is blatant thievery, as well as fines for unfair political practices. Yeah, that's the guy you want in your Congress. Sheesh you people are stupid.

715 days ago
80.

Cujeaux    

The cheap bastard should know by now he has to get permission to use a song for a political campaign and it's not for free.
I suppose he can blame his handlers for it and get away with it, so therefore, no need to pay the artist to begin with.

715 days ago
81.

SheisHot    

**** the Silversun Pickups! I would prefer to hear fingernails on a chalkboard than these losers!!

715 days ago
82.

abby    

Oh God . . . that song is dreadful. I wouldn't admit that I wrote it, much less sing it.

715 days ago
83.

Jeff Becker    

First of all, who is this band and their "so-called" hit? I listened to the song and it stinks. The lead singer sounds like a girl. He should be happy anyone is interested in playing this crap. He should thank Romney.

715 days ago
84.

Kabala    

Republicans steal music for their campaigns over and over. They feel they can break the rules whenever it suits them.

715 days ago
85.

Blake    

he would, wouldn't he

715 days ago
86.

Babydoll0630    

Jealous, liberal freaks. They didn't have to add all that shiz in. They should be happy ppl FINALLY hear their CR AP ...............We don't know or care of you otherwise.

715 days ago
87.

Truth    

LMFAO. Obama is in DESPERATION mode. Romney is doing well. Obama is looking pretty farked at this point.

715 days ago
88.

Diana    

I find it interesting that all these attacks are coming out just after Gov. Romney chose Rep. Ryan as his running mate. I'm tired of mudslinging, and any candidate who engages in it will NOT get my vote. Gmab.

715 days ago
89.

Nasious Cordova    

Wow, Candidate Big love doesn't believe in paying for anything. First he's abouve paying his share of taxes, and now he's above paying royalties for music. Way to go Mitty. But be careful before you stage your dine and dash at Denny's- hips as old as yours have to tendency of cracking if the security guard tackles you.

715 days ago
90.

Realist    

LOL Silverwho What now? Another terrible band making a mountain out of a molehill to get a little publicity. This is like the 4th one of this election season. Some were big names, and rightfully pissed. These d-bags probably play to a whopping 8 people, 4 of which work at the venue, each night, and saw their chance for a little publicity. No one cares about your terrible song. You should be thanking Romney, not talking shiz.

715 days ago
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