National’s Music Used w/o Permission in Ad



Ohio University Students for Romney apparently haven’t
learned yet that taking music for free is stealing.


By Fred Mills


Yesterday Pitchfork posted some late breaking news regarding
how a student political group calling itself  Ohio University Students for Romney had made an unofficial
campaign video using The National’s “Fake Empire” as the background music. The
National’s Matt Berninger, noting that they had allowed the Obama campaign to
use it in 2008, posted an indignant screed at the video’s YouTube page:



Our music was used
without our permission in this ad. The song you’re using was written about the
same backward, con game policies Romney is proposing. We encourage all students
to educate themselves about the differences between the inclusive, pro-social,
compassionate, forward-thinking policies of President Obama and the
self-serving politics of the neo-conservative movement and Mitt Romney. Every
single person involved in the creation of the music you’re using is voting for
President Obama.



The video was subsequently removed from YouTube, meaning all
the comments were also lost. Howver, over at the Ohio Students’ Facebook page, a slew of commentators continued to weigh in, which led to this particular


Connor Crawford: are yall the clowns that used the national’s song in some
video? nice work. way to disrespect one of our time’s best bands and your

University Students for Romney
was never any disrespect. we took the video down out of respect for the band,
and we disagree with President Obama…


ANY artist’s music without their permission – especially for a political or
social themed ad, and regardless of the artist’s own political bent –
demonstrates utter disrespect for said artist. Sadly, though, in this case it’s
not surprising – you students and your generation are accustomed to stealing
music anyway.


‘Nuf sed.






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