Don Henley, a founding member of "The Eagles," is suing a Republican candidate for the U.S. Senate, claiming the candidate is misusing two of his popular songs.I'm trying to locate a copy of the complaint and will post it as soon as I do. UPDATE: here it is.
The suit filed Friday in federal court in California claims Charles DeVore is using Henley's hit songs "The Boys of Summer" and "All She Wants to Do Is Dance" without authorization.
The suit comes from two campaign videos that DeVore posted on YouTube that used Henley's music, according to the lawsuit.
In one of the videos, DeVore's campaign changed the words of "All She Wants to Do Is Dance" to lyrics that attacked Sen. Barbara Boxer, the lawsuit alleges.
Mike Campbell, Henley's producer, is also named as a plaintiff in the lawsuit.
"Don Henley and Mike Campbell brought this action to protect their song, 'The Boys of Summer,' which was taken and used without their permission," Henley's spokesman said. "The infringers have vowed to continue exploiting this and other copyrighted works, as it suits them, to further their own ambitions and agenda. It was necessary to file a lawsuit to stop them."
Saturday, April 18, 2009
Henley sues DeVore over use of songs in campaign videos
Last Tuesday I blogged about the adventures of California GOP Assemblyman Chuck DeVore, who has made several "parody" song videos as part of his campaign against Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-CA). I can't say I'm at all surprised to learn that Don Henley, whose "The Boys of Summer" and "All She Wants to Do is Dance" DeVore used in his videos, has filed a copyright lawsuit. Reports CNN: