MGMT Respond To French Government, Donate Cash To Help Artists' Rights
A couple of months ago, the guys in MGMT learned (through the MGMT message board) that the UMP French political party was using their hit song "Kids" at rallies and posting videos of these rallies on their official website. In response to this, MGMT made the following statement:
Normally MGMT steers clear of mixing music and politics, but the fact that the UMP used our song without permission while simultaneously pushing anti-piracy legislation seemed a little wack. We believe that access to music benefits both the musicians and the fans, and has undoubtedly helped spread our music around the globe, while also expanding our personal musical collections. We didn't want to be "typical Americans" and sue, despite the amazing monetary benefit and chinchilla coats and Navigators it would bring. Instead we're using the settlement fee the UMP presented and donating it to artists' rights organizations. Thank you France for the wonderful food. C'est bon. MGMT
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