MGMT suing Nicolas Sarkozy over ‘Kids’

Band claim the French President used the song without permission

MGMT are suing French President Nicolas Sarkozy – accusing him of using their hit ‘Kids’ on online videos without permission.

Sarkozy has admitted using the song at the UMP party’s national congress, but claims the lack of permission was a mistake and offered the band one euro as a gesture, reports BBC News.

The duo rejected the offer and are now seeking compensation. Their lawyer, Isabelle Wekstein, said, “This offer is disrespectful of the rights of artists and authors. It is insulting. We are dealing with acts of counterfeiting, an infringement of intellectual property.”

A fee of 53 Euros (£47) had initially been paid to gain use of the song, but Wekstein said that the sum was not enough to cover repeated plays of the song in the online videos.

MGMT won the Best New Band and Best Track

(for ‘Time To Pretend’) prizes at the Shockwaves NME Awards last night (February 25).