Band files copyright infringement notice against Clinton ad for use of ‘Rebel Girl’ song

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A supporter of Hillary Clinton thought the song “Rebel Girl” was a fitting anthem for the Democratic candidate. The band who recorded the song did not.

A YouTube video featuring Clinton and the song went viral. Soon after, Tobi Vail, drummer and co-founder of Bikini Kill, who recorded “Rebel Girl” in 1993, killed the ad by filing a copyright infringement notice.

Rebel girl – not. /Getty Images
Rebel girl – not. /Getty Images

“Bikini Kill fans and friends would not allow it,” Vail said. “Since it’s basically an advertisement I just contacted YouTube and told them to contact Terror Bird Media who represent us for licensing. But we don’t authorize use of our songs in advertisements so…this should be the end of it, I hope!”

Vail, who in her Twitter biography says “I’m voting for Bernie Sanders,” also tweeted links to several articles detailing why Sanders is a better and more progressive choice of candidate than Clinton.

One of the tweets read: “The Clinton Dynasty – The Clintons aren’t the solution to the plutocratic status quo – they are the status quo.”

One observer posited a reason for Vail’s objection to anyone supporting the “politically regressive” Clinton using “Rebel Girl”.

“When she talks, I hear the revolution” is a lyric in the song which “is a laughable sentiment to associate with someone who sat on the board of Walmart during their prime union-busting years.”