Foo Fighters: McCain's Not Our 'Hero'

Band complains that candidate is using song without permission
By Drew Nelles,  Newser Staff
Posted Oct 9, 2008 2:00 PM CDT

(Newser) – When it comes to the “rock music” the kids are so into these days, John McCain just can’t catch a break. Joining an increasingly long line of ticked-off rockers, the Foo Fighters are accusing the candidate of using their song “My Hero” without permission, Wired reports. "The saddest thing about this is that 'My Hero' was written as a celebration of the common man and his extraordinary potential," the band says.

John Mellencamp, Heart, Van Halen, and Jackson Browne have all previously complained to —or even sued —the campaign for using their tunes. But the McCain camp says they’ve obtained the necessary permission, so bands need to take it up with their publishing and record companies. "The McCain-Palin campaign respects copyright," a spokesman says. 
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