I’m still not covering the McCain Campaign. But …

Hello boys and girls, can you say “scofflaw”? Good (via Dallas Morning News):

Jackson Browne filed suit Thursday against Republican presidential candidate John McCain and the Republican National Committee for what he contends is the unlawful use of his song “Running on Empty” in a campaign ad targeting Democratic candidate Barack Obama.

h/t Anne, commenting at The Carpetbagger Report.

Brave Camp McCain promptly responded with a brilliant display of party unity:

McCain spokesman Brian Rogers suggested Thursday that Mr. Browne may have sued the wrong people. He said the ad in question is not a McCain campaign ad but one put together by the Ohio Republican Party.

“Waaah! It wasn’t us, they did it!”

In addition to a claim for copyright infringement, the suit alleges that, by using a song famously associated with Mr. Browne, Mr. McCain and the GOP violated the federal Lanham Act by falsely suggesting that Mr. Browne is associated with and endorses Mr. McCain’s candidacy. In addition, the suit says the use of Mr. Browne’s voice violates Mr. Browne’s right of publicity under California law. The suit seeks a permanent injunction as well as unspecified damages.

Let us hope that by “Unspecified” Brown’s attorney Lawrence Iser means “Every last cent in their campaign coffers.”

Just a tip GOPers, if you’re going to rip someone off, pick on one of your own. They’ll consider it an honor. I mean, surely Pat Boone has some snappy tunes you could use. What about Ted Nugent’s Great White Buffalo? No, he might shoot your ass.

I suppose USAG Mukaskey could launch an investigation but he’s probably too busy not prosecuting Gonzales, Goodling and the rest of the George & God First! Gang that used to haunt the DoJ.

Running on – running on empty
Running on – running blind
Running on – running into the sun
But I’m running behind

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