A California judge has ruled that Republican senatorial candidate Chuck DeVore violated copyright laws by including new versions of two [lastfm]Don Henley [/lastfm]songs in his campaign materials. DeVore allegedly used rerecorded versions of Henley’s hit singles “The Boys of Summer” and “All She Wants To Do Is Dance” in a YouTube video campaign.
This is the second case in as many months against a senatorial candidate who has illegally used music in a campaign. [lastfm]Talking Heads [/lastfm]frontman [lastfm]David Byrne [/lastfm]has also filed copyright infringement charges against Florida governor Charlie Crist, who reportedly used the song “Road To Nowhere” in a YouTube video without attaining a proper license.
To fight the video’s spread, Byrne enlisted music lawyer Lawrence Iser, who successfully sued John McCain for illegally using a song by [lastfm]Jackson Browne[/lastfm].
“I was fairly astonished that this soon after the settlement of Browne v McCain, yet another politician with national aspirations is doing this again,” Iser said.
Henley is currently back on the road with the [lastfm]Eagles[/lastfm].