Cruz Campaign Nixes Abbott Endorsement Video After Using Explosions in the Sky Track Without Permission

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When I watched the video of Texas Gov. Greg Abbott endorsing Sen. Ted Cruz for president, I thought it was newsworthy (obviously, since I blogged about it) but predictable. The real upset of the news, I thought, was that Cruz's camp had secured the blessing of Austin-based instrumental slow-build virtuosos Explosions in the Sky for the video's backing music.

As it turned out, they didn't. The band responded today to a Tweet by Alibi Pierce, a writer and curator for The Stoner's Journal, that they were "absolutely not okay with it":
And get to the bottom of it, they did. As of this afternoon, the video has been removed from YouTube. The band's label, Temporary Residence, issued this statement to Pitchfork: 
"Temporary Residence and Explosions In The Sky issued an immediate takedown of the Ted Cruz campaign video, as it violates the artist and label's copyrights. No attempt was made by Ted Cruz's campaign to seek permission to use this song. All uses of Explosions In The Sky's music in Ted Cruz's campaign are illegal and in direct violation of U.S. Copyright law."
Maybe Explosions in the Sky should collectively run for president? Their record shows they can get things done. I'd vote for 'em.

And if we can't get them to run for the White House, then maybe we could start at least start a campaign for a San Antonio tour date to go with their new album.


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