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Why Politicians Can Get Away With Using Songs That Aren’t Approved

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  1. Melody Bot

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    Chris Riotta, writing at Mic:

    In the case of the RNC, as Billboard reported, the GOP had reportedly acquired a blanket license from the Broadcast Music Inc., a performing rights organization that collects licensing fees for artists to later distribute as royalties. This allows the Republican party to play virtually any work within the organization’s catalog — Queen included. Once a song is part of the BMI, the permissions are handled by that organization, not the artist. And because the BMI must adhere to anti-trust legislation, as Vox reports, the organization cannot discriminate as to who can or can’t use the song, or respect an artist’s requests to do so.

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  2. Eric Wilson

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    Was actually thinking about this the other day. Very interesting.
  3. I figured this was the case. The quotes from the bands that I saw were that the songs were used "against [their] wishes." News outlets were the ones saying it was illegal.