Thursday, June 3, 2010

GOP and property rights: The ongoing musical struggle

Republicans are so peculiar: They don't want the Internet to be free, but they never saw a pop song with a catchy refrain that they didn't think should be liberated for the people.

We've covered this quite a bit here at p3, (most recently here, but also here and here); one more post, and I'm going to go ahead and give it its own tag. With the campaign season heating up, it's a pretty sure bet.

The irony this time is especially piquant, since Rand Paul is all about the property rights. At least, some people's property rights.

Songs: "The Spirit of Radio" and Tom Sawyer, by Rush.

GOP campaign wanting it: Rand Paul's US Senate campaign.

Lyric making it an unlikely choice for a GOP campaign: "One likes to believe in the freedom of music / But glittering prizes and endless compromises / Shatter the illusion of integrity." (Note, however, that Paul likes to use the last two phrases in his speechifying, but not the first, perhaps preferring to avoid the whole touchy subject of "freeness.")

Other warning signs: Dude -- they're Canadian!

Quote: "This is not a political issue -- this is a copyright issue," [record label general counsel Robert] Farmer said in an interview. "We would do this no matter who it is."

Did the GOP have permission to use it? No.

Did they use it anyway? Yes.

I'm going to have to put together the "Stolen by the GOP" playlist.

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