Rockers Want Limbaugh to Face the Music — and Stop Using It

Mar 7, 2012  •  Post A Comment

The latest front in the latest Rush Limbaugh controversy is a musical one, with at least two rock artists fired up over the conservative talk host’s use of their songs.

One of those artists — the veteran rock band Rush — has slapped Limbaugh with a cease-and-desist letter, TMZ.com reports.

Peter Gabriel was the first to get upset in the past week over Limbaugh’s use of his music, after he found out Limbaugh was reportedly playing his song “Sledgehammer” in the background while Limbaugh was unleashing a verbal assault against law student Sandra Fluke. Limbaugh called Fluke a “slut” and a “prostitute” after she testified before lawmakers about birth control, as previously reported.

Similarly, Rush, the band, reportedly found out Limbaugh was playing its “The Spirit of Radio” as the talk host said he wanted to see sex tapes of Fluke, TMZ reports. The band was also concerned after learning Limbaugh has used its music on the show in the past.

The story reports: “The band has since fired off a cease and desist letter to Rush (radio) … saying, ‘The public performance of Rush’s music is not licensed for political purposes and any such use is in breach of public performance licenses and constitutes copyright infringement.’

“The letter continues, ‘Accordingly, we hereby demand that you immediately stop all use of Rush’s music and confirm that you will do so.’”

Gabriel has also reportedly demanded that his music be pulled from the radio show.

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  1. Sorry, it’s up to ASCAP/BMI, not the band.
    You’ll note these bands have been happy to accept royalty payments for the songs’ usage for years.

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