Stop Using My Song: 35 Artists Who Fought Politicians Over Their Music

From Springsteen vs. Reagan to Neil Young vs. the Donald

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Foo Fighters vs. John McCain
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Foo Fighters vs. John McCain

When: 2008
Song: "My Hero"
Controversy: An Obama supporter, Dave Grohl did not consider McCain to be his hero nor worthy of using the Foos' 1998 single during his presidential run. "It's frustrating and infuriating that someone who claims to speak for the American people would repeatedly show such little respect for creativity and intellectual property," the band said in a statement, referencing the numerous other instances when the McCain camp used songs against the artists' wishes. "The saddest thing about this is that 'My Hero' was written as a celebration of the common man and his extraordinary potential."
Result: "The McCain-Palin campaign respects copyright," a spokesman said, repeating the campaign's well-practiced response to such disputes. "Accordingly, this campaign has obtained and paid for licenses from performing rights organizations, giving us permission to play millions of different songs, including 'My Hero.'"

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