John McCain to champion fair use in Jackson Browne suit?

24 02 2009

Former presidential contender Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) clearly wishes Jackson Browne would just Take It Easy. Before the Deluge of ballots that handed Barack Obama the presidency in November, the Ohio Republican Party used Browne’s hit “Running on Empty” in a YouTube ad claiming Obama lacked a plan to lower gas prices, prompting the left-leaning rocker to sue for copyright infringement and “false association.” McCain has argued that he’s not responsible for the ads, and that the suit is an effort to squelch protected political speech. But now Browne’s Lawyer’s in Love with federal judge Gary Klausner, who this weekend rejected those arguments and allowed Browne’s suit to proceed.

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