[lastfm]Rush[/lastfm] have warned Senate hopeful [lastfm]Rand Paul[/lastfm] to stop using their music, or the politician will face a lawsuit.
The Republican candidate for the Kentucky Senate seat has been using Rush’s 1980 anthem “Spirit of Radio” at rallies and on web ads without having obtained permission from the band. Rush’s legal team stepped in this week, warning Paul to stop.
“This is not a political issue – this is a copyright issue,” said Toronto attorney [lastfm]Robert Farmer[/lastfm] in Louisville’s Courier Journal. “We would do this no matter who it is.”
The campaign manager for Paul, [lastfm]Jesse Benton[/lastfm], responded to the allegation of copyright infringement, saying “The background music Dr. Paul has played at events is a non-issue.”
The Courier Journal also reports that Paul has made use to two different quotes from Rush songs in his campaign materials.