It’s Legal War People, Wake Up! Tom Petty Vexed Over Michelle Bachman “American Girl” Song Use

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Don’t be caught sleeping as I cover these stories. We are in legal war zones people. Okay not quite as dramatic, but it could be. 2012 is right around the corner and I have said it over and over again that I CAN’T WAIT FOR election season. Fun stuff ahead. Rightfully kicking off the excitement has got to be this story below from THR, Esq.

“It’s not even 2012 yet but election season is in full bloom. And with it comes a new political ritual: First, a Republican candidate attempts to score cultural points by choosing a popular song for a political commercial or a rally. Next, a musician complains about such unauthorised use. Finally, politician says “Sorry!.” Up first in the 2012 war is a developing dispute between singer-songwriter Tom Petty and Michele Bachmann. On Monday, Bachmann officially announced her candidacy for U.S. president. She left the stage as Petty’s “American Girl” blared over the loudspeaker. Uh-oh. Petty is unhappy with Bachmann’s choice of exit music, according to political consultant Matt Ortega, and is in the process of sending a cease-and-desist letter. NBC News has also confirmed the report. This wouldn’t be the first time that Petty has fired off a legal letter for political uses of his music. Previously, the singer sent George W. Bush a C&D over his presidential campaign’s use of the song, “I Won’t Back Down.” Bush backed down, of course. But the former president is not alone.”

THR, Esq. has the full story.
Photocredit: Michelle Bachmann for President Blogspot

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