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Music-licensing startup Audiosocket sues Ted Cruz campaign over use of music in two political ads

Music-licensing startup Audiosocket sues Ted Cruz campaign over use of music in two political ads

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Former Republican presidential hopeful Ted Cruz at the end of one of his YouTube campaign ads. (Via YouTube)

Seattle-based music licensing company Audiosocket has filed a lawsuit against the now-suspended campaign of former presidential hopeful Ted Cruz over the use of two songs in campaign videos.

According to the complaint filed in U.S. District Court in Seattle on Monday, Audiosocket is seeking damages against Cruz for President and advertising firm Madison McQueen for copyright infringement and breach of license agreement.

The background music was used in Cruz videos titled “Victories” and Best to Come.” According to the complaint, the song used in “Victories” is called “Lens” and was created by Sarah Schachner. The “best to Come” video featured music by Brad Couture called “Fear of Complacency.”

Audiosocket’s complaint details when each track was downloaded for use by Madison McQueen and how the firm and the Cruz campaign violated the license agreement by using both pieces of music in political ads. The “Victories” ad was also broadcast on Fox Business News, violating Audiosocket’s cable television restrictions as well.

The complaint says both ads were visible on the Cruz campaign web site and his YouTube channel. Both ads end with Cruz saying and text reaffirming that they were “Paid for by Cruz for President.”

Cruz suspended his run for the Republican nomination last week as he fell too far behind rival Donald Trump. He said in an interview Tuesday that he didn’t see a viable path to victory but if that changes he’d be open to restarting his campaign.

Audiosocket, with offices in Seattle’s Fremont neighborhood as well as New Orleans, is a GeekWire 200 startup that says on its web site that it has “curated a roster of more than 50,000 pre-cleared original tracks, spanning 204 genres, from 2,800 emerging bands and award-winning composers who are active in the marketplace and creating culturally relevant music.”

Startups – GeekWire http://www.geekwire.com/2016/audiosocket-sues-ted-cruz-campaign/

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