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Michael Stipe Demands FOX News Dease and Desist Use of R.E.M.

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A note on the REMHQ web page:

R.E.M.'s "Losing My Religion" was used in the Fox News coverage of the Democratic National Convention last night. R.E.M. today, through its music publisher, Warner-Tamerlane Music, demanded that Fox News cease and desist from continuing its unlicensed and unauthorized use of the song. Michael Stipe said, "We have little or no respect for their puff adder brand of reportage. Our music does not belong there."

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  1. *cease

    Posted by: Ben | Sep 7, 2012 10:44:16 AM


  2. *HEN

    Posted by: Malaysian Ho | Sep 7, 2012 10:47:47 AM


  3. How do you "dease" something?

    Posted by: Chris | Sep 7, 2012 10:48:51 AM


  4. He should be happy that someone is still interested in playing an R.E.M. song...

    Posted by: Terry | Sep 7, 2012 11:08:06 AM


  5. Good for him.

    Posted by: Geoff M | Sep 7, 2012 11:09:30 AM


  6. Well said Michael.

    Posted by: Sylvatica | Sep 7, 2012 11:09:46 AM


  7. You spelled cesist wrong.

    Posted by: Dastius Krazitauc | Sep 7, 2012 11:19:45 AM


  8. Love his choice of words - "puff adder brand of reportage." Faux News is full of nothing but venomous predators.

    Posted by: Jack M | Sep 7, 2012 11:26:28 AM


  9. Get 'em Michael and the whole REM band. "Don't play it unless you ask and get permission". I have seen them a few times, met and talked with Michael for about 15-20 minutes on a subway in Canada, good times.

    Posted by: DF | Sep 7, 2012 11:27:42 AM


  10. Actually, you can license songs from a general catalog without input from the original artist. So it comes down to the fine print in the wording of the license. MS probably just wants everyone to know he doesn't approve.

    Posted by: anon | Sep 7, 2012 12:18:59 PM


  11. This has been should be glad somebody wants his music.

    Posted by: I wont grow up | Sep 7, 2012 12:22:24 PM


  12. Has there ever been a musician / band that asked a non-republican to stop using their music?

    Posted by: Blake | Sep 7, 2012 1:36:53 PM


  13. Well the whole world is controlled by evil right wing billionaire Rupert Murdoch so if he wants to steal someone's music there is nothing you can do to stop him. He controls police, judges etc as has been proved in the UK.

    Posted by: Icebloo | Sep 7, 2012 1:46:30 PM


  14. I HAVE BEEN A FAN OF R. E. M. SINCE THE MID-EIGHTIES WHEN I FIRST HEARD THEIR SONG, "Pretty Persuasion."

    AS A MUSICIAN, I THINK Michael Stipe SHOULD BE GLAD "Losing My Religion" IS RECEIVING EXPOSURE IN 2012 - REGARDLESS OF WHO IS USING IT.

    CHRISTOPHER ALLEN HORTON

    Posted by: CHRISTOPHER ALLEN HORTON | Sep 7, 2012 1:54:03 PM


  15. Cheers Mr. Stipe, cheers. Much obliged and good call.

    Posted by: RxR | Sep 7, 2012 2:35:20 PM


  16. You have to admit, it was a brilliant choice given the clusterf*ck vote on the floor.

    Posted by: rik | Sep 7, 2012 3:19:49 PM


  17. The only band that mutters still matters

    Posted by: Manny Espinola | Sep 7, 2012 7:35:26 PM


  18. Good for him

    He understands the republicans are the enemy. He's always been an advocate of LGBT. F-ck those religious loons and their disgusting Bible

    Posted by: Seattle mike | Sep 7, 2012 9:37:54 PM


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