R.E.M. may be broken up, but that hasn't stopped the band from sending Fox News a cease-and-desist letter for its use of the group's classic track, "Losing My Religion." In response to its use during the cable news network's coverage of the Democratic National Convention, R.E.M. posted a letter on the band website saying, "R.E.M. today, through its music publisher, Warner-Tamerlane Music, demanded that Fox News cease and desist from continuing its unlicensed and unauthorized use of the song." Former frontman Michael Stipe also added, "We have little or no respect for their puff adder brand of reportage. Our music does not belong there."
The unauthorized use of music by politicians and news outlets has been particularly high this election season. Everyone from K'Naan to Dee Snider of Twisted Sister has come out against the use of their music in the GOP presidential campaign, and who could forget that VP candidate Paul Ryan's favorite band is Rage Against the Machine? [HR]