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Rush picks a fight with Rand Paul

Canadian band won’t allow Tea Party candidate to use their songs

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Rand Paul, the libertarian Tea Party candidate for a U.S. Senate seat, has been handed a cease and desist letter from the rock band Rush. Turns out the Canadian musicians don’t want their songs, including “The Spirit of Radio” and “Tom Sawyer,” played on the campaign trail and in fundraising videos. “The public performance of Rush’s music is not licensed for political purposes: any public venue which allows such use is in breach of its public performance license and also liable for copyright infringement,” Rush’s lawyer Robert Farmer said in his letter to the campaign. Already Farmer has had YouTube disable the audio on one video.

Louisville Courier-Journal

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