Chuck DeVore, running for the Republican nomination to face Sen. Barbara Boxer in November, is challenging Don Henley in court, for the musician’s efforts to stop him from using his songs in parody videos.
In a posting on BigHollywood, DeVore characterizes it as a free speech issue:
He writes, “We expect a summary judgment on the case in May, just before the June 8 primary. If we win, our parodies will be back and I will likely write others. If we lose and go to trial, then lose in court, the implications will be far-reaching. For example, Paul Shanklin’s parodies on the Rush Limbaugh Show will be shut down as infringing on the copyrights of the owners, rather than transformative works of free speech protected by the First Amendment as they are now considered.
“Had I known a year ago where we would be today would I have still written the parodies and drawn Henley’s lawsuit? Absolutely. Free speech using a culturally-savvy delivery is far too powerful to leave as the sole province of the Left.”