Daily Journal: New Election, Same Tune

August 14, 2020

O’Melveny entertainment partner Cassandra Seto and associate Jordyn Ostroff co-authored this Daily Journal article on the copyright considerations political campaigns need to take when using songwriters’ music without permission.

“You can’t always get what you want — especially if you are a political campaign and what you want is to play hit songs at your rallies. Nearly every campaign cycle, we see the same story: popular musicians object to a campaign’s use of their music... often on Twitter, but sometimes in court,” Seto and Ostroff write. “This election season, the Rolling Stones have threatened to sue the Trump campaign for using their music. In years past, a member of the band Survivor sued Newt Gingrich over his campaign’s use of ‘Eye of the Tiger,’ the Foo Fighters protested John McCain’s use of ‘My Hero,’ and Sam Moore asked Barack Obama to stop playing ‘Hold On, I’m Comin’ at rallies. Music is a legal minefield. And to avoid a costly and potentially embarrassing misstep, campaigns need to be careful when building their playlists.” 

Daily Journal subscribers can read the full article here.