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Jackson Browne and Republicans settle lawsuit

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Musician Jackson Browne has settled a lawsuit with the Republican party over its use of the song “Running on Empty” during the 2008 presidential election campaign, according to the New York Times

Browne, the baby-boom rocker behind such hits as “Doctor My Eyes” and “Boulevard”, received apologies today from both Sen. John McCain and the party, as well as a promise that the GOP would refrain from using Browne’s songs without permission in the future. Beyond the apology, financial details of the settlement were not announced.

Browne sued McCain and the Republican National Committee after they used the 1977 hit in a Web ad mocking Barack Obama’s energy policies. He wasn’t the only one who took objection with the McCain campaign’s playlist. The Foo Fighters, Heart, and John Mellencamp were also unhappy when their songs were used.