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- Posted on Jun 3rd 2010 12:00PM by John D. Luerssen
Paul, a Tea Party supporter, had been using Rush songs, including its 1980 classic rock staple 'Spirit of the Radio,' during rallies, web ads and other gatherings without permission, according to a letter sent to Louisville's Courier Journal by Robert Farmer, general counsel for Rush's record label, Anthem Entertainment Group Inc. A YouTube video featuring the aforementioned song has since been silenced at the band's request.
"This is not a political issue -- this is a copyright issue," Farmer said in a subsequent interview with the newspaper. "We would do this no matter who it is."
When asked by the Courier-Journal for a response, Paul's campaign manager Jesse Benton sidestepped Rush's complaint. "The background music Dr. Paul has played at events is a non-issue," Benton said. "The issues that matter in this campaign are cutting out-of-control deficits, repealing Obama Care and opposing cap and trade."