Perhaps Republican congressional candidate Joe Walsh of Winnetka will get some political traction among his fellow tea-baggers for his brush-up with Joe Walsh the rock star. But the fact is, attorneys for Walsh (the Eagles' guitarist) took Walsh (the candidate) to pieces in a scathing and hilarious letter that nonetheless had serious and threatening undertones.
Walsh's campaign thought it was clever to plunder Walsh's James Gang tune "Walk Away" in music video "Lead the Way" http://walshforcongress.com/ that glorifies the candidate and features lines like "Pelosi and Bean wanna screw ya," with Bean referring to incumbent U.S. Rep. Melissa Bean, D- Barrington.
The News-Sun www.suburbanchicagonews.com/newssun/news/2013573,5_1_WA27_WALSH_S1-100127.article asked Joe Walsh the rock star's people what they thought of the tune, and the result was the letter to Walsh and his campaign from an Avenue of the Stars, Los Angeles, law firm that threatened to sue the campaign for copyright and trademark violations if the music video does not disappear.
"Given that your name is Joe Walsh, I'd think you'd want to be extra careful about using Joe's music in case the public might think that Joe is endorsing your campaign or, God forbid, is you. Or maybe you intended that. But you shouldn't have," wrote attorney Peter Paterno.
"As a candidate for Congress, you probably have a passing familiarity with many of the laws of this great country of ours. It's possible, though, that laws governing intellectual property are a little too arcane and insufficiently populist for you to really have spent much time on," Paterno wrote. "We're writing because we think laws are important, and it might be beneficial to your potential future career as a congressman if you were more aware of them."
Note to Joe Walsh the candidate - a lawsuit from a former campaign manager over unpaid bills is one thing. Provoking a legendary rock star over intellectual property is another. The Hound suggests you stay in your league.
No early indications that Walsh the candidate is shaken, though. His Wednesday morning "Message from Joe Walsh," campaign e-mail was titled: "So, you want a revolution?" Paging the Beatles' attorneys...