CIA Pays $230K in Royalties to Red Hot Chili Peppers for Using Their Songs to Torture Gitmo Prisoner
WASHINGTON, USA (The Global Edition) – Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) was forced to pay $230.000 worth of royalties to well-known Californian band Red Hot Chili Peppers following a dispute over the unauthorized and unlicensed use of the band’s songs to torture an imprisoned terrorist suspect in 2002.
CIA Director of Public Affairs Dean Boyd said that the potential lawsuit over copyright could damage the CIA’s reputation in the world, which is why they decided to settle the dispute as soon as the media published that the security agency was illegally using RHCP songs to torture the suspects in Guantanamo Bay.
“CIA nurtures the image of an organization that is fighting for freedom and democracy, and I think we can all agree that the infringement of authors’ rights clearly violates these goals. I would like to use this opportunity to officially apologize to the Red Hot Chili Peppers, and state that the Agency will in the future cases of torture use only licensed music”, said Boyd and added that such an agreement has already been made with Kid Rock and Kanye West.
Peppers’ frontman Anthony Kiedis said that the band gave up on their primary decision to sue the CIA after the Agency decided to settle.
“In the past twenty or so years we’ve had numerous hits, but even with all that, our rehearsals are sometimes pretty exhausting. Sometimes we feel like it’s kind of a torture, [which is why] I’m in a way glad that someone else also concluded this, and managed to use some of our songs, and maybe even entire albums to this purpose”, Kiedis was quoted as saying.