The Boys of Summer Get Lawyered Up and Sue

A candidate for Senate is being sued by Don Henley and Mike Campbell for copyright infringement, according to this Contra-Costa Times report.

According to the complaint filed in U.S. District Court, DeVore, R-Irvine, and his Internet strategist Justin Hart created an online video in which new lyrics criticizing President Barack Obama replace Henley’s words.

“The unauthorized use of Henley and Campbell’s copyrighted work is synchronized with a series of photographic images of DeVore, Hart and President Barack Obama, among others,” the lawsuit contends.

The video, titled “A Special Message from Chuck DeVore,” opens with a spoken introduction by Hart, followed by a verse-by-verse remake of Henley and Campbell’s song using DeVore’s lyrics over the original record’s instrumental track, the complaint said.

The candidate responds here.  It looks like both YouTube videos have been taken down.

Ben Sheffner’s Copyrights & Campaigns provides great insight into the case here.

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