Rand Paul breaks copyright law with fundraising video

Rand Paul: Laws? We don't need no stinkin' laws

Right-wing Republican Senatorial Candidate Rand Paul of Kentucky feels businesses should have a right to ignore the law and discriminate against minorities and gays if they want and he also apparently feels his campaign can ignore copyright law if it wants.

An attorney for the Canadian rock band Rush sent Paul’s campaign a “cease and desist” letter this week for using using the group’s music without permission.

The Paul campaign used a Rush song in a fund raising video and also at a rally in Kentucky.

Rush attorney Robert Farmer of Toronto says the band’s objection to use of the video is purely a copyright issue and not a political one.

Paul’s campaign manager, Jesse Benton, calls it a “non issue.”

Tell that to those who have paid fines for breaking federal copyright laws.

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11 Responses to "Rand Paul breaks copyright law with fundraising video"

  1. Liberty Pimp  June 4, 2010 at 7:49 am

    So I guess you are guilty until proven innocent in your “blue” America. I think the fundraising video was not made by Rand Paul’s official campaign but by grassroots supporters and he did nit charge money to attend the rally. So I would hope that in America you would have to have more than accusation against you before we conclude that someone is breaking the law. But you people lie about Rands pissition on issues so what should we expect?
    For the record respecting property rights extends to minority business owners too.
    Questioning a small part of a 1964 law on a philosophical basis is not saying you think any one should have a right to ignore it.
    Your writing is a discrace and I lose respect for Democrats everytime I read lies like this.

    • Doug Thompson  June 4, 2010 at 11:32 am

      I don’t care much for Democrats either. What lunacy made you think I was one?

      • griff  June 4, 2010 at 6:05 pm

        Ha. I was a liberal throughout the Bush years because I opposed his policies. Now I’m a right-wing nutbag because I oppose Obama’s.

        • Almandine  June 4, 2010 at 6:55 pm

          Flip-flopper !

  2. Mike  June 4, 2010 at 8:57 am

    So I guess liberals really support the Patriot Act? Do they not know that Rand Paul wants to eliminate the Patriot Act and end the drug war?

    • griff  June 4, 2010 at 6:06 pm

      “So I guess liberals really support the Patriot Act?”

      They do now, and have since January 21, 2009.

  3. Andrew Reinbach  June 4, 2010 at 9:32 am

    It’s not “just a copyright issue.” If Mr. Paul wants to be a lawmaker, he has to obey the law; ditto if he wants people to respect the rights of private property.

  4. woody188  June 4, 2010 at 1:48 pm

    If the video was made by grassroots supporters and not paid for by Rand Paul then it could probably be considered fair use, particularly if credits were given to the band some where in the video. Certainly they can’t hold the campaign responsible for grassroots efforts that they did not endorse or condone.

  5. Guardhouse lawyer  June 4, 2010 at 3:24 pm

    OMG! I can see the headline now when the group gets a cease-and-desist order:

    Paul Campaign in Rush Limbo

    • Almandine  June 4, 2010 at 4:06 pm

      Ugh.

      • griff  June 4, 2010 at 6:10 pm

        Oh come on, you have to admit that’s funny.

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