Legendary progressive metal band Rush has sent a cease and desist letter to the equally infamous Rush Limbaugh the radio host. Rush Limbaugh in the past has played such Rush ballads as “Bravado” and the “Spirit of the Radio” and whether the band was unaware of the prior usage or due to the radio host’s recent statements they have had their lawyer send a cease and desist letter consisting of the following:
“The use of Rush’s music in this way is an infringement of Rush’s copyrights and trademarks. 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. There are civil and criminal remedies for copyright infringement, including statutory damages and fines.”
Regardless of political affiliation its cool to see a band paying attention to where and how their music is being used and in this case exercise some control. Its moments like this that keep songs like “Holiday in Cambodia” out of Levi’s commercials.