"My friends, I didn't do it. I didn't even know it was going on."
That's the line former Republican presidential nominee and Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) is taking in a federal lawsuit that claims he violated the copyright of Jackson Browne's 1977 hit song, "Running on Empty," when it aired in one of his presidential campaign commercials.
A federal judge allowed the suit to move forward Friday.
More striking, perhaps, is that McCain effectively claimed in a statement to the judge that he was a puppet for the Republican National Committee in the production of advertising for his campaign.
"I was not involved at all in any way in the writing, creation, production, distribution or dissemination of the video, nor do I have any knowledge whatsoever of how this video was written, created, produced or disseminated or who was involved in any aspect of the writing, creation, production, distribution or dissemination of the video," McCain said in a statement acquired by Wired's David Kravets. "I was completely unaware that this video even existed until I was informed of it after this lawsuit was filed." (Source: Raw Story)
How funny is this- the Candidate with the Drill Baby Drill mantra, is in trouble for swiping
Running on Empty. Befitting of both his candidacy AND the republican party!
Yeah that pretty well sums up his head.. running on empty...lol
Still is I think... He is just a bitter old man.. he needs to retire and go away. I hope they win and he just goes away. He looked so angry last night and every time I have seen him. It is awful.
If Jackson Brown prevails, the Old Coot can just tell "C"-word to write a check.
She's worth $100 million.
McCain's campaign also used the "Heart" song Barracuda-- (Sarah Barracuda was Palin's nickname)...
they sent her a Cease & Desist notice, saying they did not grant permission to use their song, nor do they support the candidate. Furthermore- the song is about about corporate sharks!
Browne, I'm sure just really does not want his name associated with the republican party. He may go for a big sum of money, then donate it to charity. That's the kind of guy he is.
Cindy Lou is going to have to kiss some $$$ goodbye. At least she has an unlimited amount of beer, should she feel the need to cry in her beer about it. (The Beer Baroness).
Of course the backlash around all this is that the republican party will be having that sappy, awful redneck crooner music. All the GOOD music & musicians will be giving permission to the Dems.
"C"-word has herself a young un' on the side who can pleasure her and make her shake.
It's all the talk of Phoenix society and the tabloids.
The Old Coot had better keep it on the straight and narrow with her or she may kick his ancient ass to the curb and move in Cowboy Hat.
"I'm John McCain and I approve this message."
good point Spado.....that is a required element.
But it is true that McCain said he did not know what was going on-- on so many levels.....soooo true.
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