So the MA GOP has a new web ad that’s supposed to be this big attack on Deval. It’s painfully lame. But it also may violate the copyright laws. Here’s the ad. Can you identify the singer?
That’s right – that’s James Taylor singing one of his most famous songs. The same James Taylor, by the way, who is headlining at a big Deval rally with President Obama this weekend. Now, maybe the MA GOP asked Mr. Taylor for permission to use his song in their ad, and maybe he agreed. But I have to say, that seems a tad unlikely to me. Maybe someone will ask him at the rally this weekend. 🙂
Anyway, I’m just really curious to know how this ad doesn’t violate Mr. Taylor’s copyright. After all, David Byrne sued Charlie Crist for a million bucks over a very similar situation, and the national GOP got burned by Jackson Browne for the same thing in 2008. I asked MA GOP chair Jennifer Nassour over the Twitter whether she got proper permission. We’ll see if she responds. Not holding my breath.