Music Licensing and the Nicaraguan Presidential Campaign

Music in presidential campaigns has been a hot topic in the US as well as in France.  Now we have the the campaign for Nicaraguan President Daniel Ortega entering the scene. News reports say Ortega's campaign  is using a Spanish language version of the classic song "Stand By Me" in political ads.  Sony/ATV, the copyright owner of the song,  forwarded a ceases and desist letter to Ortega.  I am assuming Sony/ATV is asserting no synchronization license was granted to use the song.

Read more about John McCain's, Sarah Palin's, Chuck Devore's, and Nicolas Sarkozy's legal disputes over use of music related to a political campaign.