Aerosmith To GOP Rep: Stop Using Our Music
House Minority Whip Eric Cantor put out a video to brag about the Republican opposition to the stimulus package, using the song “Back in the Saddle.” But Stage Three Music, which owns the rights to the song, is claiming copyright infringement. Elana Schor at TPM surmises that maybe they thought it was okay because Joe Perry endorsed McCain last year.
The GOP’s use of the tune “was something we, as the publishers, didn’t approve and would not have approved without going to the writers,” Connie Ashton, director of copyright and licensing at Stage Three, told me. “Aerosmith did not approve of its use and also wanted to have it taken down,” she added.
Ashton added that House Republicans never contacted Stage Three to put in a request for use of “Back in the Saddle.”
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