John McCain says he was a puppet for the Republican National Committee and therefore should not be held accountable for a presidential campaign commercial that used the popular song "Running on Empty" by Jackson Browne without permission.
But the Los Angeles federal judge presiding over the copyright-infringement case was not buying it. The judge refused late Friday to remove the Arizona senator from the lawsuit in which he and the Republican National Committee are accused of violating the rights to Browne's 1977 hit.
If the RIAA can go after people for simply sharing music, I think that it is more than reasonable that John McCain be attached to this lawsuit as well - strange that the Ohio Republican Party isn't, though.
The reason that I think so is in the tagline to the ad:
I'm John McCain and I approve this message
Running On Empty indeed.