Political drama continues: Music infringement cases raising concerns

Campaign teams spend countless hours searching for the perfect inspirational anthem to place in the background of a smiling candidate’s face to win over votes of the American people. Some artists this part year were not too happy about their material being used in a illegal way, and they raised hell. As if the election year hasn’t been filled with enough drama so far, several music copyright infringement cases in politics are stirring up the scene. Let’s go ahead trace the musical drama of three prominent political figures this past year.

Ted cruz sued by audiosocket

Former Presidential candidate and U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz has agreed to pay $55,000 to settle a lawsuit brought by Audiosocket, for illegal use of music in his Cruz for President ad. Cruz’s campaign team, including Madison McQueen advertising, was sued by Audiosocket for illegally using two licensed songs in the political ad. Music infringement cases like this one can be detrimental to an artist’s career, and luckily licensing companies like Audiosocket have the technology to catch these violations. With the case settled, though, it is water under the bridge.

Rewinding to earlier this year, Donald Trump faced a bit of a confrontation with rock sensation Queen after one of their most notable songs was played at a campaign event.

Queen vs trump: “We are the champions”

Back in July, presidential candidate (and now president) Donald Trump, entered the Republican stage as Queen’s “We Are The Champions” played boldly. Queen responded with a tweet saying “An unauthorized use at the Republican Convention against our wishes,” which proved untrue, because the Republican party actually did pay to use the song. The campaign team followed the license agreement, so in turn responded in a too-bad-so-sad manner to the band who was unhappy about the usage.

Copryright infringement for clinton’s ‘rebel girl’ video

Although Hillary Clinton was not directly involved in the case, it still caused mayhem in the political (and musical) world. When a fan made a compilation video of Clinton with Bikini Kill’s classic “Rebel Girl” song playing in the background, BK member Tobi Vail shut it down almost immediately with a copyright infringement. Because of Vail’s political beliefs, she didn’t want her music “associated with such a politically regressive figure.”

The election is finally over, but that doesn’t mean the drama is. Hopefully the media within the White House is smooth sailing the next four (or possible eight) years. If not in D.C. at least in the music industry!

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