The National have been avid supporters of Barack Obama in both of his presidential campaigns so it’s no surprise that the band is angry their song was used in a pro-Mitt Romney ad.
The video which was posted on Youtube by the group Ohio University Students for Romney features the band’s song “Fake Empire” in the background. The song was also used by the Obama campaign in an advertisement back in 2008.
In response, frontman Matt Berninger posted the following comment on the video’s Youtube Page:
“Our music was used without our permission in this ad. The song you’re using was written about the same backward, con game policies Romney is proposing. We encourage all students to educate themselves about the differences between the inclusive, pro-social, compassionate, forward-thinking policies of President Obama and the self-serving politics of the neo-conservative movement and Mitt Romney. Every single person involved in the creation of the music you’re using is voting for President Obama.”
Though we’re betting the students didn’t know any better, it’s definitely a good music licensing lesson. Hopefully the students apologize to the band and agree to replace the video without the song. [P4K]