In lieu of everything controversial surrounding governmental crack downs on illegal internet downloading and copyright infringement laws, it looks like staunch republican Senator John McCain is in a mess of heightening trouble for violating singer/songwriter Jackson Browne's right to intellectual property. McCain and his political crew used Browne's song "Running on Empty" without permission, and just like that chronically ill teenager, there's no escaping the penalties on this one for Sen. McCain.
Sen. McCain has been trying to remove his name from the lawsuit that has been levied against himself and the Republican National Committee, but unfortunately his attempts to prove he had no part in creating the ad have failed. Try as he might, the former Presidential candidate could not get his name removed from the lawsuit because, "once an agency relationship is established, the principal is liable for the acts of her agent, even if the principal does not expressly authorize or instruct her agent to take any action."
It all comes down to the fact that Browne is pissed that the use of the song by the McCain party made it look as if he endorsed the republican vote. Fair use of copyright or not, we find MGMT's case against the French more interesting than Browne Vs. McCain.