Neil Young on Tuesday sued President Donald Trump’s re-election campaign for copyright infringement, citing the playing of two of his songs at a June rally in Tulsa, Okla.
The complaint, filed in New York federal court, accuses the campaign of playing “Rockin’ in the Free World” and “Devil’s Sidewalk” without the proper license.
“This complaint is not intended to disrespect the rights and opinions of American citizens, who are free to support the candidate of their choice,” said a copy of the statement. complaint in Young’s archives.
It goes on, “However, Plaintiff cannot in good conscience allow his music to be used as a ‘theme song’ for a divisive, un-American campaign of ignorance and hatred.”
A campaign representative did not immediately return a request for comment.
This isn’t the first time the rock legend has expressed dismay at Trump’s use of his material, and Young isn’t the first artist to go after Trump and his song-use campaign.
In recent years, numerous artists have spoken out strongly against the use of their songs at political rallies and campaign events — especially when it comes to the Trump campaign — by sending cease and desist letters or publicly denouncing the use of their songs. present at these events. In July, Linkin Park said on Twitter that it had sent the Trump campaign a halt to prevent the use of the band’s music during campaign events. In June also the family of Tom Petty a campaign stoppage sent to the Trump campaign for using Petty’s “I Won’t Back Down” at the Tulsa Rally.
Also following the Tulsa event, the Rolling Stones partnered with the publishing rights organization Broadcast Music Inc. (BMI) to stop Trump and his campaign from using the band’s song “You Can’t Always Get What You Want” at rallies.
Fall Out Boy, Mick Jagger, Lorde and 54 other prominent music artists signed an open letter in late July, require political candidates to seek “permission” from artists and songwriters before using their songs in a campaign setting.
“This is the only way to effectively protect your candidates from legal risk, unnecessary public controversy and the moral quagmire that comes from falsely claiming or implying an artist’s support or distorting an artist’s expression in such a way” in a public manner with such a high stakes,” the letter wrote. , which was also signed by Aerosmith’s Steven Tyler, Lionel Richie, Sia and Courtney Love.
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