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- Posted on Apr 14th 2010 5:30AM by Barnaby Smith
Hughes said on Tuesday he would not be voting Tory and that the party had not asked permission to use the song at their event at Battersea Power Station, which also featured the David Bowie song 'Changes.'
Keane's reaction echoes the 2008 American presidential election where artists Jackson Browne, Bon Jovi and Heart took issue with John McCain's Republican campaign using their songs in their campaign.
Music lawyer Mike Shepherd told the Guardian, "In a nutshell, if they want to use Keane's music to help win an election then they should get permission. The question here is all about context. It depends on how they used the track, whether it was in the background or more prominent.
"When advertisers want to use music on an advert, they have to ask permission from the record company, but when it is used in the background – for example, playing in a cafe in 'EastEnders' – they don't have to ask first and just pay a fee to the Performing Rights Society, which collects royalties for bands.
"I think here they would probably need a licence [from the label] because the Tories were probably using the song to say, 'Hey! We're changing!', so to make a political message."
In the aftermath of Keane's disapproval, a spokesperson for the Conservative party said, "It's a great song and David's a great fan."
Labour did not ask permission to use the D:Ream track 'Things Can Only Get Better' as its anthem for its 1997 campaign, the Guardian also reported. But the group's singer, Peter Cunnah, later said, "I didn't mind it being used at the time because my band was nearly finished and I thought it would make us part of history."