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'Barracuda' singers try to bite the GOP

September 06, 2008|From Reuters

The singers in Heart, angry that their '70s hit "Barracuda" is being used as the unofficial theme song for Republican vice presidential nominee Sarah Palin, are biting back at the Alaska governor.

The song, a nod to the "Sarah Barracuda" nickname Palin earned on the basketball court in high school, was dusted off for her appearance Wednesday at the Republican National Convention in St. Paul's Xcel Energy Center.

Heart singers Ann and Nancy Wilson said a "cease-and-desist" letter has been sent to the Republicans asking them not to use the song.

Copyright law may not be on the Wilsons' side, however, as the song is licensed for public performance under a blanket fee paid by the venue to ASCAP, the firm that collects royalties on behalf of composers and copyright owners.

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