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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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121.

Steve    

Most attention this moron group is ever going to get.
Be fun to see this fool try to bite Romney.

709 days ago
122.

Lanche    

They can stick it where the Silver Sun does not shine.

709 days ago
123.

jellybean    

A band NOT wanting their music played so that thousands of people hear it? Okie dokie.
I'll stop playing their music in my car without their permission as well.

709 days ago
124.

WickityWack    

If you haven't heard of Silversun Pickups you don't know cutting edge music. Just because you haven't heard of them in NYC doesn't mean jack, educate yourself (they're from LA by the way). With that being said, their attitude ticks me off and makes me not want to listen to them anymore.

709 days ago
125.

keepitclassy    

Oh get off your high horse, Silverpickup or whatever your name is. Nobody even knows who you are. Go ahead and thank Romney and his campaign for giving you the 5 minute publicity.

709 days ago
126.

john    

This group and song suck, do they realize they did Mitt Romney a good service by taking the song away?

709 days ago
127.

Hep    

Do musicians really think that people will think they have the same political views as the candidate just because their music is playing in the background?

Maybe all professional musicians should include a notation to their music that the song can not be used by ANY political person for ANY reason.

And, for those who said Gov. Romney used it illegally, it was covered undered a Blanket Licensing Agreement, so Gov. Romney was doing nothing wrong.

709 days ago
128.

Jughead    

Moronic musicians jumping into the political arena for publicity. Idiots. Maybe they should have spoken with the Dixie Pricks first and see how it worked for them.

709 days ago
129.

Jughead    

These idiot musicians need to take it up with BMI or ASCAP--those are the organizations who issue licenses for this stuff. All politicians do this--but it is only the liberal demtards who whine.

709 days ago
130.

justin    

i didn't realize that 'pumpkins cover band had original material

709 days ago
131.

Kathy    

Now this Band is relevant, for whatever reason they can thank Romney.

709 days ago
132.

EastCoastChopper    

Wow! Dude has those greedy eyes...scary if you ask me!

709 days ago
133.

Debra Grutzius    

That band sucks anyways..

708 days ago
134.

Ya Mon    

Why are all the Newbie so-called Rock Band Boys all C^nts? Same ol' crap No-edge Metro-sexual lame asses. Romney should of went with Cannible Corpse or Hendrix Voodoo Chile.

708 days ago
135.

self-employed    

TMZ you are showing your liberal bias again.

708 days ago
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