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Jackson Browne sues McCain campaign for using his song

August 14, 2008 | 12:39 pm

Not_too_happy_with_john_mccain_toda Sen. John McCain's campaign is running on empty when it comes to the use of Jackson Browne's song of the same name, and the singer is taking the Republican presidential nominee to court over it, Geoff Boucher reports.

Jackson Browne is suing Sen. John McCain for using "Running on Empty" in television ads and the veteran rocker is also calling the candidate a great pretender when it comes to standing up for constitutional rights. Browne, one of rock music’s most famous activists for liberal causes, is “incensed” that the presumptive Republican candidate for president has been using Browne’s signature 1977 song “Running on Empty” in television campaign commercials, according to the singer-songwriter’s attorney.

Browne, who filed a copyright infringement lawsuit against both McCain and the Republican National Committee on Thursday in U.S. District Court in Los Angeles, is seeking a permanent injunction prohibiting the use of the forlorn arena anthem or any other Browne compositions, as well as damages.

Browne’s attorney, Lawrence Y. Iser, said the lawsuit “is not politically motivated, it’s a copyright infringement lawsuit, pure and simple, but the fact that Sen. McCain has used this song in a hit-piece on Barack Obama is anathema to Jackson.”

The full story is coming soon and I'll update the post as soon as it goes live.

Update: Geoff Boucher has the scoop on the Browne lawsuit on the Top of the Ticket

-- Veronique de Turenne

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