Politician Settles Case Over Don Henley Songs
[lastfm]Don Henley,[/lastfm] [lastfm]Eagles[/lastfm] and solo singer-songwriter, has reached a settlement with, and received an apology from, Chuck DeVore, the California politician, and Justin Hart, a worker for Mr. DeVore’s 2010 United States Senate campaign, who were found to have violated the copyrights to two Henley hits.
Mr. Henley, above, and his fellow musicians Mike Campbell and Danny Kortchmar filed suit against Mr. DeVore, a Republican member of the California State Assembly, and Mr. Hart, saying that parodies of “The Boys of Summer” (originally written by Mr. Henley and Mr. Campbell) and “All She Wants to Do Is Dance” (Mr. Kortchmar) that Mr. DeVore used in his campaign ads were made without permission. In June Judge James V. Selna of United States District Court in Santa Ana, Calif., sided with Mr. Henley on his claim.
In a statement Mr. DeVore and Mr. Hart apologized to the musicians, saying: “The court’s ruling in this case confirms that political candidates, regardless of affiliation, should seek appropriate license authority before they use copyrighted works. Further, we regret all inaccurate, derogatory or disparaging remarks made about Mr. Henley during the course of this dispute.”
[Source: NY Times]