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- Posted on Jan 28th 2010 2:30PM by Emily Tan
A music video entitled 'Lead the Way,' which has been posted on YouTube as part of the campaign, takes the music from Walsh's song, 'Walk Away' and changes up the lyrics in order to include the candidate's platform. According to Billboard, once Walsh found out about the video, his lawyer, Peter Paterno, quickly issued a letter schooling the candidate about copyright infringement and insists he remove the song.
"You're not allowed to take someone's song and change the lyrics," Paterno wrote. "This is not to say you're not allowed to write silly lyrics, you just have to write them to your own music. Now, I know you why you used Joe's music -- it's undoubtedly because it's a lot better than any music you or your staff could have written. But that's the point. Since Joe writes better songs than you do, the Copyright Act rewards him by letting him decide who gets to use the songs he writes."
Walsh's campaign staff claims that the music is a karaoke version of the musician's song and says they have yet to receive this letter. "The fellow who did the music video is a professional musician and supporter of [candidate] Joe Walsh who did this on his own," Walsh's campaign consultant Jim Thacker, who said he only heard of this from the media, told the Daily Herald. "The music is from a karaoke version of the song with the guitarist's words changed."
While Paterno has warned the candidate Walsh's staff that there will be a lawsuit if the video isn't pulled from the Web. However, the campaigners have no intentions of deleting the video until they receive the letter and talk with their lawyers. Check out the clip below.