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Jackson Browne Sues McCain over 'Running on Empty' Ad

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LOS ANGELES -- Singer-songwriter Jackson Browne filed a federal lawsuit Thursday against Sen. John McCain and the Republican National Committee for using Browne's 1977 song “Running on Empty" in a television ad.

“Running on Empty," which is one of Browne's signature tunes, was used in a political advertisement criticizing presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Sen. Barack Obama for his suggestion that Americans could save money on gasoline by properly inflating their cars' tires, said Lawrence Iser, Browne's attorney.

The lawsuit, filed in U.S. District Court in downtown Los Angeles, alleges that McCain, the GOP's presumptive presidential nominee, and the Republican Party didn't obtain a license to use the song, said Browne spokesman Michael Jensen.

By using the song, McCain and the GOP falsely suggested that the 59-year-old Browne -- a long-time supporter of liberal political causes -- endorses McCain's candidacy, Jensen said. The lawsuit also alleges violations of federal copyright law as well as Browne's right of publicity under California law, Jensen said.

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