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Sarah Palin’s Wardrobe Defense Costs Consignment Store Their Name

When the story exploded that the RNC spent $150,000 on Sarah Palin’s wardrobe, Palin rebutted saying that her wardrobe comes from her favorite consignment store in Anchorage, Out of the Closet.

Well, it turns out that there is a non-profit chain of stores in California and Florida which is also called Out of the Closet.  When the AIDS Healthcare Foundation found out about the the AK store, the sent a copyright infringement cease and desist letter to the owner asking them to change their name.

Ellen Arvold, who owns the store in Anchorage, has said that she will comply and change the name.  No word if this has affected who she may vote for on November 4th.

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October 31, 2008 Posted by | Copyright, Copyright Infringement, Politician | , , , , | Leave a comment

Foo Fighters Demand McCain Campaign Stop Using Song… Could a Lawsuit Follow?

The Foo Fighters, led by guitarist Dave Grohl, are fuming at the McCain group for using their song “My Hero” at campaign rallies.  The campaign has not asked for permission from the band, management, publisher or record label.

The following statement was issued by the band:

“This isn’t the first time the McCain campaign has used a song without making any attempt to get approval or permission from the artist. It’s frustrating and infuriating that someone who claims to speak for the American people would repeatedly show such little respect for creativity and intellectual property. The saddest thing about this is that ‘My Hero’ was written as a celebration of the common man and his extraordinary potential. To have it appropriated without our knowledge and used in a manner that perverts the original sentiment of the lyric just tarnishes the song. We hope that the McCain campaign will do the right thing and stop using our song–and start asking artists’ permission in general!”

Could a potential intellectual property lawsuit be far behind? This is not the first time the McCain group has used music without an artists position. The were pumping Heart’s “Barracuda” when Palin was first announced.

October 8, 2008 Posted by | Copyright, Copyright Infringement | , , , , , | 1 Comment