I generally try to stay out of politics on this blog, but couldn't help it today when I ran across two stories today.

First, McCain has released his technology platform, which among other bits states his support for protecting the recording industry from piracy. Meanwhile, the Ohio Republican party used Jackson Browne's "Running on Empty" in a commercial without permission.

John McCain 2008 - John McCain for President:

John McCain Will Protect The Creative Industries From Piracy. The entertainment industry is both a vital sector of the domestic economy and among the largest U.S. exporters. While the Internet has provided tremendous opportunity for the creators of copyrighted works, including music and movies, to distribute their works around the world at low cost, it has also given rise to a global epidemic of piracy. John McCain supports efforts to crack down on piracy, both on the Internet and off.

Wired Magazine - First Paris, Now This: Jackson Browne Sues John McCain

Indeed, some irony lies in a candidate who is running a law-and-order campaign being sued for intentional copyright infringing and appropriating someone else's identity without their permission.

Apparently Browne is a well-known Obama supporter.

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