First, a campaign chooses to use a song for their rallies and/or videos and then the artist “asks” (you can’t put enough quotation marks around the work asks) them to take it down.
Former Congressman and Senate candidate Joe Sestak is the latest chapter in this likely never-ending story.
According to Andrew Kaczynski and Megan Apper of Buzzfeed, Sestak had to pull almost a dozen videos from his statewide walking tour that featured “I’m Gonna Be (500 Miles)” by The Proclaimers aka the “I would walk 500 miles…” song.
“I requested permission to use the song “500 Miles” on YouTube via the record company, but also reached out to the band manager,” Sestak told BuzzFeed News in a statement. “This afternoon, the manager of the band replied and informed us that while we could continue our earlier efforts through Warner Chappel Music, that he was “sorry,”but he would eventually ‘decline any permission’ for the use in ‘political activities.’ I have since then removed the videos from our YouTube page to comply with this information.”
The Proclaimers manager told Buzzfeed that the group always turns down requests to use their music for any political purposes.
Presumably the Sestak campaigns will re-post the videos with different music as soon as possible.