DOMINIC Doblo won't back down...unless he gets a warning from a major record company.
The Morning Bulletin understands the Rockhampton mayoral candidate had received a notice from Universal Music Group Australia requesting he take down or alter his campaign jingle due to similarities to the Tom Petty song, I Won't Back Down.
The two-minute jingle, which appears to be set to the music and melody of the Tom Petty song with new lyrics by Doblo himself, had been available on Mr Doblo's website until it was taken down on Thursday morning. It has been played regularly in radio advertising supporting his campaign to oust Mayor Brad Carter.
Mr Doblo denies the reason the song was removed was due to any copyright issues relating to the Tom Petty and Jeff Lyne composition.
"We took the song down because I want to put out something different. I am making every effort to keep my campaign fresh, so there will be a new campaign song out on Monday and probably a few more to follow," Mr Doblo said.
Mr Doblo said he had never heard I Won't Back Down before and was not aware of any similarities between his jingle and the hit song.
"I haven't been tied down with any of that stuff. I just wrote the words. My campaign manager put that together as I am really only focused on the campaign," he said.
Petros Khalesirad, whose company manages Mr Doblo's social media, website and blog sites, confirmed he had been contacted by the music group, but said there were no legal implications from the jingle and people shouldn't think there's any conspiracy theory.
He said the music company informed the group the songs were very similar and rather than any "argy-bargy" a decision was made to freshen up the message.
The jingle was the creation of a local company, The Twinz.
Beau Crummer of The Twinz, who put the song together for Mr Doblo, said he had not been contacted personally by Universal about the jingle, but said the ditty was definitely within fair usage of the song.
"I am a professional and I have been recording music for 20 years. I wouldn't put something out if it is going to be infringing on copyright."
Mr Crummer explained that while he believed there were noticeable differences between the jingle and the Tom Petty song, he took the precaution of making amendments to the song to avoid any further criticism.
A spokeswoman from Universal Music Group Australia said the matter was in the hands of its legal representative and "any subsequent progress, if applicable, will be a private and confidential matter between the respective parties".
What do you think?
Judge it for yourself and check out the original at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nvlTJrNJ5lA and Doblo's effort which is still available via his Soundcloud page http://soundcloud.com/themayordominicdoblo.