McCaine says sorry to Browne

2009-07-22 10:22

Los Angeles - Senator John McCain and his Republican party publicly apologised to singer Jackson Browne on Tuesday for using his song Running on Empty without permission in a campaign advertisement last year.

The apology came as Browne and McCain's Republican camp agreed on a settlement to the lawsuit that the singer filed in August, soon after the advertisement aired.

Browne's 1977 song was used by the Ohio Republican Party in an attack on Barack Obama that was critical of the Democrat's stance on gas conservation.

"We apologise that a portion of the Jackson Browne song Running on Empty was used without permission," McCain, the Republican National Committee and the Ohio Republican Party said in a statement.

The Republican camp also pledged in the statement to, in future elections, obtain permissions and licenses from artists "where appropriate" when using their copyrighted works.

Browne had sued McCain, the Republican National Committee and the Ohio Republican Party, accusing them of copyright infringement.

It is not the first time a popular singer has gone after the Republican party for use of a song. In the mid-1980s, Bruce Springsteen famously complained about then-President Ronald Reagan's use of his song Born In the USA during his re-election campaign.