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Cruz's defunct campaign sued over background music used in two videos

FILE - In this Tuesday, May 3, 2016 file photo, Republican presidential candidate, Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, speaks during a primary night campaign event, in Indianapolis. Cruz's now-defunct presidential campaign is being sued over the background music it used in two videos. Audiosocket, a music licensing company based in Seattle and New Orleans, filed the lawsuit Monday, May 9, 2016, in U.S. District Court in Seattle against Cruz for President and the advertising firm Madison McQueen.  (AP Photo/Darron Cummings, File)

FILE - In this Tuesday, May 3, 2016 file photo, Republican presidential candidate, Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, speaks during a primary night campaign event, in Indianapolis. Cruz's now-defunct presidential campaign is being sued over the background music it used in two videos. Audiosocket, a music licensing company based in Seattle and New Orleans, filed the lawsuit Monday, May 9, 2016, in U.S. District Court in Seattle against Cruz for President and the advertising firm Madison McQueen. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings, File)  (ap)

Sen. Ted Cruz is no longer running for president but some artists are mad that he used their music during his now-defunct campaign.

The Texas senator’s campaign is being sued by Audiosocket, a music licensing company based in Seattle and New Orleans, over the background music used in two videos.

The lawsuit filed Monday alleges that an agreement between the company and the advertising firm Madison McQueen – who did the videos for the Cruz for President – expressly barred the use of the songs for political purposes.

The lawsuit seeks hundreds of thousands of dollars in damages. Neither the Cruz campaign nor Madison McQueen immediately returned emails seeking comment.

The songs at issue were used in campaign videos titled "Victories" and "Best to Come."

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Cruz dropped out of the presidential campaign last week after losing the GOP primary in Indiana to Donald Trump.0

Based on reporting by the Associated Press.

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