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Silversun Pickups Want Romney Campaign To Stop Using "Panic Switch"

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Silversun Pickups has issued a cease-and-desist letter to the Mitt Romney presidential campaign, demanding that it stop playing their 2009 song "Panic Switch" at campaign stops across the country.

A representative for the band says that Romney's campaign didn't reach out to the Silver Lake band to gain permission to use the song: "Neither the band nor its representatives were contacted to gain permission for the use of the song and the band has no intention of endorsing the Romney campaign."

Silversun Pickups lead singer/guitarist Brian Aubert points out that the Romney campaign might not want to associate his campaign with the song, even just based on the title alone:

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"We're nice, approachable people. We won't bite. Unless you're Mitt Romney! We were very close to just letting this go because the irony was too good. While he is inadvertently playing a song that describes his whole campaign, we doubt that 'Panic Switch' really sends the message he intends."

The band bashed the Romney campaign for its disregard of "copyright or intellectual property laws."This isn't the first time that a Republican candidate ran afoul of left-leaning musicians. During the last election, Heart slammed the McCain-Palin ticket for using "Barracuda," and Jackson Browne sued McCain for using "Running on Empty" in a campaign ad bashing Obama. At the time, the New York Daily News noted that candidates can use any song as background music in a campaign as they pay the necessary licensing fees, but the legal waters get murkier when that song becomes an integral part of the stage production.