MGMT to Sue French President

A hilarious bit of MGMT news – France’s conservative UMP party, led by President Nicolas Sarkozy, illegally used “Kids” in two online videos and at campaign events. And MGMT is suing their asses for compensation. From NME:

Sarkozy has admitted using the song at the UMP party’s national congress, but claims the lack of permission was a mistake and offered the band one euro as a gesture, reports BBC News.

The duo rejected the offer and are now seeking compensation. Their lawyer, Isabelle Wekstein, said, “This offer is disrespectful of the rights of artists and authors. It is insulting. We are dealing with acts of counterfeiting, an infringement of intellectual property.”

A fee of 53 Euros (£47) had initially been paid to gain use of the song, but Wekstein said that the sum was not enough to cover repeated plays of the song in the online videos.

According to Prefix, ideological opposition to the conservative organization is also a motivating factor. This is additionally funny because the UMP is strongly in favor of copyright laws, and is currently pushing a law calling for tougher penalties for infractions.

If anyone can find these campaign videos online, we will post them. In the meantime here is a video of MGMT on French television, apparently explaining the meaning of Thanksgiving:

Prefix Mag: French Political Party Steals “Kids”
BBC
: MGMT to sue Sarkozy for Music Use
NME: MGMT Suing Nicolas Sarkozy Over ‘Kids’
Pitchfork: MGMT Grapple with the President of France

[Thanks to Sayre Sundberg ’11 for sending this in like, a week ago]

36 thoughts on “MGMT to Sue French President

  1. Sam

    Peter: there’s quite a difference between listening to something on your own and using it for political gain.

  2. Sam

    Peter: there’s quite a difference between listening to something on your own and using it for political gain.

  3. Sam

    Peter: there’s quite a difference between listening to something on your own and using it for political gain.

  4. Anonymous

    here’s the performance plus the little interview that canal+ does after:

    the band claims MGMT stands for Make Good Music Today!

  5. Anonymous

    Totally was going to say what Peter just did. Seriously, come on. If it was any other band…

  6. Anonymous

    Totally was going to say what Peter just did. Seriously, come on. If it was any other band…

  7. Anonymous

    Totally was going to say what Peter just did.

    Seriously, come on. If it was any other band…

  8. Anonymous

    I think it’s awesome that French political ads apparently have sign language interpreters in them.

  9. Anonymous

    I think it’s awesome that French political ads apparently have sign language interpreters in them.

  10. Anonymous

    I think it’s awesome that French political ads apparently have sign language interpreters in them.

  11. Peter

    lol @ people being all like “boo intellectual property rights” and “lol serves sarkozy right for fucking with MGMT” at the same time

  12. Peter

    lol @ people being all like “boo intellectual property rights” and “lol serves sarkozy right for fucking with MGMT” at the same time

  13. Peter

    lol @ people being all like “boo intellectual property rights” and “lol serves sarkozy right for fucking with MGMT” at the same time

  14. Anonymous

    This won’t go anywhere, french presidents have immunity like whoa. Just ask chirac

  15. Anonymous

    This won’t go anywhere, french presidents have immunity like whoa. Just ask chirac

  16. Anonymous

    here’s onehttp://www.paperblog.fr/1621480/ump-mgmt-et-droits-d-auteurs-il-reste-une-video-en-ligne/scroll down

  17. Anonymous

    here’s onehttp://www.paperblog.fr/1621480/ump-mgmt-et-droits-d-auteurs-il-reste-une-video-en-ligne/scroll down

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