John McCain Apologizes for Using Jackson Browne Song in Campaign

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Maybe now politicians will be more careful about whose music they use at appearances and in commercials.

When Jackson Browne heard his "Running on Empty" being used in a John McCain ad criticizing then-presidential candidate Barack Obama's energy policies he wasn't happy. An outspoken liberal who donated to Obama's campaign, Browne felt cheated that his song was being used in a political ad without his permission. Well now he's settled a lawsuit, and received an apology from Senator McCain.

Along with McCain's apology, Browne secured a pledge from the GOP to never again use any musicians' work without securing proper approval in the future.

"This settlement is really a great affirmation of what I believed my rights to be, and all writers' rights to be," Browne told the Associated Press. "One would hope that a presidential candidate would not only know the law but respect it. It was a matter of bringing that issue to bear."

Campaign music was a recurring issue during the 2008 presidential election season. Ann and Nancy Wilson of '70s rock band Heart were offended when their hit song, "Barracuda" came blasting from the speakers at the Republican National Convention after they had told the McCain/Palin campaign not to use the song.

Even Obama came under fire when Sam Moore asked him to stop playing "Soul Man" at appearances.

Ann and Nancy Wilson at the 26th Annual ASCAP Pop Music Awards
  • Nancy Wilson in 26th Annual ASCAP Pop Music Awards - Show
  • Nancy Wilson in 26th Annual ASCAP Pop Music Awards - Show
  • Nancy Wilson in 26th Annual ASCAP Pop Music Awards - Show
  • Nancy Wilson in 26th Annual ASCAP Pop Music Awards - Show
  • Nancy Wilson in 26th Annual ASCAP Pop Music Awards - Show
  • Nancy Wilson in 26th Annual ASCAP Pop Music Awards - Show
  • Nancy Wilson in 26th Annual ASCAP Pop Music Awards - Show
  • Nancy Wilson in 26th Annual ASCAP Pop Music Awards - Show
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