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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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106.

Lisa G    

Never heard of them or the song.

800 days ago
107.

CasinoPImp    

Next Romney will hijack Medicare of 700 Billion (the same thing he falsely accuses Obama of doing) then cut the taxes for the ultra wealthy. Under Ryan's budget Romney would pay under 1% in taxes, which actually is more than he pays now. Romney hasn't paid squat in 10 years! Using every possible loophole possible & hiding all his money offshore in tax havens! The crook won't even release his tax returns! Where are your tax returns Willard? America is waiting...

800 days ago
108.

go home!    

This craptastic band Silverspun Pickups, which I have never heard of in my lifetime should be happy for the money they would have made in free promotion of their crappy song and sales. No one has ever heard of this band! Hahahaha! Now at least they will go back into obscurity.. The real sin is that it was picked, it's a horrible song and there is nothing inspirational or campaigny about it. ZING!

800 days ago
109.

Josh    

Silversun Pickups = complete aholes... now we know

800 days ago
110.

robt    

Ridiculous, some guy setting up chairs for a rally plays the song which sounds like crap to me and now Romney personally picked the song, ridiculous. Obama release your Columbia Transcripts. Probably will be that groups claim to fame on one hit wonders.

800 days ago
111.

V    

When will all these silly Democrat musicians learn that people don't need their permission to use their songs. As long as the venues they're being played at have paid their dues to the RIAA, they do not require any sort of approval. I guess they want anyone playing their song on a jukebox to call them ahead of time to. Any public exhibition is covered under the same law. They're getting paid, and should simply shut up.

800 days ago
112.

Magnum    

Why doesn't Mitt just use a Country song. That is the demographic that will be voting for him anyway. In fact, he should use one of those popular "Modern" Country tunes where the artist is wearing those pre-ripped jeans, has a shiny new cowboy hat which comes off occasionally to show their highlighted and hair sprayed coif, and a fresh spray tan from the salon. Sounds like that would be right up Mitt's alley.

800 days ago
113.

Jackie    

So what if he bought their Cd and played the song from it? I play Bon Jovi music when am masturbating....can he sue me?

800 days ago
114.

Reg    

Wait untill the Gay sex tape with Romney and his (running mate) surfaces. Romneys reply will be He's one of my wives! being a mormon and all I can have as many (wives as I like).

800 days ago
115.

Michelle    

The Repulican party is so unpopular with most recording artists that soon the only campaign rally music choice they will have left is elevator music.

800 days ago
116.

Reg    

You Redneck Americans crack me up, You all hate on the Middle East etc because of their Religious beliefs.
but you are willing to vote in a religous imbecile Mormon . To hopefully the majority of Americans who can see through this clowns agenda well done.

800 days ago
117.

Scott Levy    

I used to like the Silversun Pickups. An obscure band like that should try hard to keep what remaining fans they have. I hate partisan political BS, so they'll never see another dime from me for one of their cd's or concerts.

799 days ago
118.

LRT    

It's called ENTITLEMENT! This is a man that strapped a dog o the roof of his car...what do you expect?

799 days ago
119.

Joe Oberman    

Typical Republican Ideology... They (GOP) never ask permission, they just do whatever they want with other citizen's property (rights) for their political agenda usage. You have to question why they used this particular song at very political Ryan/Romney event staged by the GOP.

799 days ago
120.

Marco    

Yuk! God Awful music!!!

799 days ago
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