ROCK STARS SUE CALIFORNIA REPUBLICAN SENATE CANDIDATE OVER TWO SONGS
Since the election of Barack Obama, there appears to be a rash of lawsuits filed by rock and roll stars against Republican candidates for office. I previously wrote about Jackson Browne's federal case against the Republican National Committee and Senator John McCain over the use of Browne's song "Running On Empty" in an Ohio internet campaign spot. That case reportedly has apparently settled on confidential terms, resulting in an apology from the McCain camp.
In April, Eagles star, Don Henley, and Mike Campbell, guitarist for Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers followed suit -- literally. Henley and Campbell filed two lawsuits against Republican California State Assemblyman, Charles DeVore who is running for the Senate seat currently held by Democratic Senator Barbara Boxer. The lawsuits arise from DeVore's use of of the music in the songs "Boys of Summer" (which Henley and Campbell co-wrote) and Henley's "All She Wants To Do Is Dance" in political spots where DeVore replaced the original lyrics with his own politically motivated lyrics.
While many are surprised that the RNC, McCain and the Ohio Republican Party settled so quickly, the issues in the Henley/Campbell suit seems less likely to favor the rockers.