It looks like two people in the news today have violated copyright laws using songs without the artists’ permission. Piracy was running rampant in these two camps. Kim Davis’ camp played Eye of the Tiger at a rally recently celebrating her release from jail. R.E.M. accused Donald Trump of grandstanding when they used the artist music in their campaign.
Granted, this blogger was no stranger to copyright laws. The worst thing that happened to me was having a picture or two removed from my blogs and or a post or two removed from my FB sites. This writer has never had a cease and desist order handed to me or emailed either. At least this writer knew not to upload or play any songs without permission of the author.
The supporters of Kim Davis were slammed in this statement issued by Survivor on their Official Facebook page:
NO! We did not grant Kim Davis any rights to use “My Tune -The Eye Of The Tiger.”
I would not grant her the rights to use Charmin! C’mom Mike, you are not The Donald but you can do better than that –
See Ya really SoooooooonnnnnnN!!!!!!
Even though Kim Davis got out of jail for refusing to issue same sex marriage licenses, Kentucky did not have any protection in place for those that obstained due to religious beliefs. This was still a violation of the Constiution’s 14th Amendment in spite of Leviticus 18:22 and 1 Corinthians 6:9. She was returning to her duties Monday as cleric, but she was not to intrfere in the deputy’s issuing gay marriage certificates.
It was a lot worse for Donald Trump who R.E.M accused of ‘grandstanding’ when they played “It’s the End of the World” during an Iran nuclear protest. Trump supporters also got a court order to stop using their music illegally. In a statement on his Facebook page he wrote:
“While we do not authorize or condone the use of our music at this political event, and do ask that these candidates cease and desist from doing so, let us remember that there are things of greater importance at stake here. The media and the American voter should focus on the bigger picture, and not allow grandstanding politicians to distract us from the pressing issues of the day and of the current Presidential campaign.”
The worse part of this feud between Trump and R.E.M. was the foul language used by one of the band mates, Mike Stipe, which was not to be repeated or posted here because his language was inappropriate and unacceptable. This writer did agree with the above statement, echoed in my Sunday School Class last Thursday during a farewell dinner, in that there were more important things to see to than the mud slinging that has started here. A few of those concerns were:
- What will the new president do about ISIS?
- How will America deal with the migration issue?
- How will the U.S. handle the Iran nuclear deal?
- How will jobs be created?
- What other budget cuts were needed to balance the trillion dollar debt without touching the entitlement programs?
- What type of taxes were raised and by how much?
There was a lot that could happen between now and November 2016.