Another GOP Candidate Indirectly Promotes Bernie Sanders By Not Getting Music Cleared With Artist

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This is apparently going to keep happening. A while back, we discussed the situation in which Donald Trump declared his candidacy for President (while making comments that torpedoed a bunch of his vaunted business interests) and used the music of Neil Young without the artist's permission. As I noted at the time, Trump was legally allowed to use the music, since the venue had paid the required ASCAP license, but failing to go the extra step and clearing it with Young allowed the musician to generate headlines all to do with his support of Democrat Bernie Sanders. Since candidacy announcements are generally not done to generate name recognition for one's opponents, I suggested that, hey, just go get the whiny artist's permission first, mmkay?

Bobby Jindal didn't take my advice. Jindal used the music of Buckwheat Zydeco during his presidential announcement and, well, ol' Buckwheat was not pleased.

Buckwheat's music was among several songs that played at the Pontchartrain Center in Kenner before Jindal and his supporters took the stage, Gambit Weekly reported while live tweeting the event. The zydeco musician replied to Gambit on his own Twitter page and said that Bobby Jindal using the music of Buckwheat and his band is "not cool at all."
Again, we'll go ahead and assume that the music was properly licensed because that always ends up being the case, but what's the point of letting the discussion of your presidential bid get side-railed because you chose to use the music of some guy who doesn't support you? All the campaign would have to do would be to clear the use with the artist and then all this doesn't happen. Is that really so hard? I mean, sure the musicians are being childish and petty (and have no legal claim), but that's the reality. If you don't want to give extra promotion to opponents, maybe find musicians who actually supports you.

And it's also the reality that all angry-musician-roads lead to Bernie Sanders, apparently.
He had much kinder words for U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders, who strutted on stage to launch his presidential bid with Buckwheat's "Make A Change" playing in the background.

He said Sanders' use of the song was "tres bien."
And so we now have two separate GOP candidate announcements generating publicity for Bernie Sanders. To avoid a third, candidates need only take my advice on clearing the music they use with the artists.

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    Mason Wheeler (profile), 9 Jul 2015 @ 8:48am

    Re: Re: But Bernie is no direct competitor...

    If you think that's going to happen, you're not paying attention. Don't get me wrong; I think that of all the candidates we've seen so far, Bernie Sanders is probably the best. But there's no way he's going to win the presidency. It would mean breaking a decades-long pattern in American politics, changing the effects while the underlying causes remain the same.

    Remember Bush Sr? Remember "read my lips, no new taxes" and then new taxes, and the first Iraq war sending gas prices sky high? Well, the American people got sick of his bad leadership and so they threw him out and chose a new president from the other party who was the anti-Bush: a (relatively) young, hip saxaphone player who oh-by-the-way also happened to be a thoroughly corrupt sexual predator whose entire presidency was plagued by a never-ending stream of scandals. The Clinton administration was worse (and worse for America) than the Bush administration.

    So we did the same thing again: elected a new guy from the other party who portrayed himself as the anti-Clinton. W got in on a promise to "restore dignity to the White House." Well, we all know how that went! And the W administration was worse (and worse for America) than the Clinton administration.

    So what did we do? The same thing again, electing the anti-Bush, a man who campaigned on "hope and change," and then proceeded to spend the next 8 years (yeah, it's only been 6 and a half, but is there any reason to think the rest will be any different?) proving that the only "changes" he's bringing about are in the same direction as the changes we've been experiencing since the 70s: downward, ever downward. So far, the Obama administration has been worse (and worse for America) than the W administration.

    It doesn't take a genius to call 2016 already: we're going to end up electing whichever Republican candidate most successfully portrays himself as the anti-Obama. And things will get worse.

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