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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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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.
Phishie from Philly

735 days ago


Could he be any dumber???

735 days ago


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

735 days ago


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.

735 days ago


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.

735 days ago


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

735 days ago


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

735 days ago

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.

735 days ago


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

735 days ago


he would, wouldn't he

735 days ago


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.

735 days ago


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

735 days ago


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.

735 days ago

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.

735 days ago


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.

735 days ago
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