Rush Limbaugh vs. Rush the band: Stop using our music, eh!
Rush Limbaugh thought things were tough when he was merely squaring off against a college co-ed. Now he's facing legal action from the likes of Peter Gabriel and now Rush. (Fly by night, Rush Limbaugh, away from here!)
The Canadian trio (or the Holy Triumvirate as they are otherwise known) has served the foot-in-mouth radio host with a cease-and-desist order to prevent him from using any more of their music on his show.
"Radio programs generally don't need explicit permission from songwriters to play their music. Instead, most radio stations pay flat fees to performance rights organizations such as ASCAP, BMI, or SESAC for blanket licenses," the Hollywood Reporter points out in their story disclosing the Rush news. "But in the band's cease-and-desist letter, it's being claimed that the 'public performance of Rush's music is not licensed for political purposes.'"
"In addition, the use of Rush's music in this manner implies an endorsement of the views expressed and products advertised on the show, and is in breach of not only copyright and trademark rights, but also, of section 51 of the New York Civil Rights Law," the order says. "Accordingly, we hereby demand that you immediately stop all use of Rush's music and confirm that you will do so."
Can't Limbaugh just use some Lee Greenwood or Toby Keith tunes instead?