‘Thou Shalt Not Steal’ John Mellencamp’s Music!

John Mellencamp, inveterate union supporter, unabashed political liberal, and famous musician, seems to be a favorite among Republican politicians: they use his music in their campaigns without licensing it, and they make no effort to correct the false impression of support given when they do so. First it was John McCain, using Mellencamp’s hit “Our Country.” Now it’s (soon-to-be-ex-) Governor Scott Walker of Wisconsin, fighting for his political life and not afraid to do any damned thing… a lot of what he does should rightly be damned… to keep the job he stole from the Wisconsin electorate in the usual way, by running a truth-free campaign. Walker enters at campaign stops to the tune of Mellencamp’s “Small Town.”

Mellencamp is not even suing the Walker campaign. But he wants to make sure everyone knows he thinks Walker is lower than pond scum… well, OK, those are my words; Mellencamp just wants to make sure no one mistakes the performance‑rights theft of his music as support for Walker. Be sure to tell your friends, especially those you may have in Wisconsin.

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  • thepoormouth  On Friday April 13, 2012 at 3:05 pm

    I can asure you that I have never downloaded a ohn Mellencamp song illegally! Anything that isn’t available for sale is fair game as far as far as I am concerned. I have no worries about downloading deleted albums and audiobooks.

    • Steve  On Friday April 13, 2012 at 10:29 pm

      Shaun, even as a musician, I do not personally disapprove of downloading music, although I do not do it. Contrary to industry mythology, people who download music mostly are people who also buy music. My objection is to the all-too-common practice of Republicans in the US simply appropriating for their own campaign use, with no attempt to pay any license fees, music made and owned by liberal musicians. That is wrong on at least two levels.

      Back in my collecting days, I, too, copied music that I could not find new or used in the shops. These days, I don’t do even that because RIAA is out for blood, and they don’t care if it’s the blood of their customers. So I retaliate by not buying (or stealing) recorded music unless it’s used. Fuck ’em.

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