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Rights Fights Over Songs Used in Political Campaigns

July 21, 2017

Check out our current display, “Rights Fights Over Songs Used in Political Campaigns,” which explores the fallout when politicians use musicians’ songs without permission. For example, Jackson Browne brought copyright infringement and false endorsement claims against John McCain for the unauthorized use of his song “Running on Empty” in a presidential campaign ad in 2008 that mocked Barack Obama’s energy policy. The case settled with Browne receiving a public apology from McCain.

The display highlights three databases to which the Burns Law Library provides access: 1) the National Law Journal, a news source that provides up-to-the-minute reporting on legal news both national and local. To access the go to NLJ,   http://law.gwu.libguides.com/electronicresources/databases; 2) Law360: news articles report on major litigation developments in more than 20 specialized practice areas as well as developments from state, federal, and international legislatures. To access Law360, use Lexis Advance or go to http://law.gwu.libguides.com/electronicresources/databases; 3) the Patent, Trademark & Copyright Journal, which provides comprehensive news of important IP cases, statutes, trends, and other key developments. To access the P,T&CJ, use Bloomberg Law or go to http://law.gwu.libguides.com/electronicresources/BloombergBNA.

As a bonus, the display includes an actual 8-track tape (Joni Mitchell’s 1974 album “Court and Spark”) and a 45 rpm single (the song “If You Don’t Want Me,” by Norman Nardini).

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