All the artists who told Trump to stop using their songs at his rallies

The Rolling Stones are only the latest group to threaten legal action against President Trump for his use of their music at rallies – more than a dozen artists have asked the divisive president to stop using their songs .

June 16, 2015The same day he announced his candidacy, Trump was exposed by Canadian-born singer-songwriter. Neil Young, who released a statement saying that Trump was “not allowed” to play “Rockin ‘in the free world” when he was announced and noting that Young was a supporter of Vermont senator Bernie Sanders.

September 9, 2015Rock band REM said they “don’t allow or tolerate” Trump playing “It’s the end of the world as we know it” at a rally to oppose the deal with Iran, with the bass player Mike Mills telling Trump to “cease and desist” and singer Michael Stipe tweeting, “Fuck you, all of you, sad little men, attention grabbing and power-hungry. Don’t use our music or my voice for your stupid campaign charade. “

October 14, 2015Trump reluctantly agreed to stop using music from the 70’s rock band Aerosmith, tweeting that lead singer Stephen Tyler “asked me not to,” and declaring that he “would have a better one to replace him,” later claiming in a follow-up tweet that Tyler “got more publicity for his song request than he had in ten years.”

February 1, 2016A spokesperson for Adele decried Trump’s use of his songs “Skyfall” and “Rolling in the Deep” at his rallies, saying in a statement that the British pop singer “had not authorized the use of her music for any political campaign “.

February 2, 2016British singer Elton John, a staple of the Trump presidency whose song “ Rocketman ” was the inspiration for Trump’s eponymous nickname for North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un, criticized Trump for using his music later saying it was “nothing personal” and that he did not want his music to be used in the American elections.

July 19, 2016British rock group Queen has consistently hit Trump and the GOP about their use of their use of “We are the champions” at the 2016 Republican National Convention, saying in a statement that they were “frustrated with the repeated unauthorized use of the song after a previous waiver request, “And that the group” does not want it to be associated with a general or political debate in any country. “

July 20, 2016R&B Groups Earth, Air and Fire and The O’Jays echoes Queen’s complaints about the Republican Convention on the GOP’s use of “September” and “Love Train”, with Earth, Wind & Fire tweeting “Another unauthorized use (September) of the Republican Convention , against our will, “and the O’Jays saying that Trump” may be the anti-Christ. “

July 22, 2016British groups The Beatles and The rolling stones both also decried the use of their music at the Republican Convention, with the estate of late Beatles singer George Harrison declaring: “The unauthorized use of” Here Comes the Sun “at the RNC is offensive and against the will of George Harrison. domain “, joking that they may have approved the use of” Beware of darkness. “

January 17, 2017Twisted sister Guitarist and manager Jay Jay French said singer Dee Snider, a former Celebrity Apprentice participant and Trump’s friend, quietly asked him to stop using “ We’re not going to take it ” as his anthem. campaign after its use sparked fan outcry – one of the few cases Trump has complied with.

October 30, 2018Singer Pharrell Williams sent a cease and desist letter to Trump for playing ‘Happy’ at a rally in Indiana just hours after the shooting of the Tree of Life synagogue in Pennsylvania, which left 11 people dead, with his lawyer wrote in a letter, “there was nothing” happy “about the tragedy inflicted on our country on Saturday and no permission has been granted for your use of this song for this purpose.”

November 5, 2018Lawyers for Rihanna issued a cease and desist order regarding Trump’s use of “Don’t Stop The Music,” stating that the Barbadian singer “did not give Mr. Trump his consent to use his music. Such use is therefore inappropriate, “and this use of the song” creates a false impression that Ms. Fenty is affiliated with, related to, or associated with Trump. “

November 5, 2018Guns N ‘Roses lead singer Axl Rose tweeted that, like many other artists, the group “formally requested that our music not be used at Trump rallies or Trump-related events”, but that the campaign “use loopholes in cover performance licenses of various locations that were not intended for such loose political purposes, without the consent of the songwriters. “

October 11, 2019After filing a copyright complaint, a Canadian rock group Nickelback managed to get Twitter to delete a manipulated version of the clip of their song “ Photograph ”, tweeted by Trump, who attempted to link former vice president Joe Biden to a Ukrainian gas chief.

October 14, 2019The estate of the deceased singer Prince said Trump “confirmed a year ago that the campaign would not use Prince’s music” and said they “would never give President Trump permission to use Prince’s songs” after played ‘Purple Rain’ at a rally in Minneapolis.

January 15, 2020REM said they were “exploring all legal avenues” to prevent Trump from using their music at his rallies after playing “Everyone hurts” and “Losing my religion” at a rally in Milwaukee, adding ” please know that we do not tolerate the use of our music by this fraud and scam. “

June 22, 2020The family of the deceased singer Tom petty said in a statement that Trump was “in no way allowed” to play “I will not back down” during his rally in Tulsa, adding that Petty and his family “strongly advocated racism and discrimination of any kind”, calling the Trump campaign a “hate campaign” and issuing a cease and desist notice.

June 24, 2020Panic! At the disco singer Brendon Urie tweeted, “Dear Trump campaign, fuck you. You are not invited. Stop playing my song, “and said Trump” means nothing to us. The biggest hope we have is to vote for this monster in November, “after Trump’s son Donald Trump Jr. went out to” High Hopes “at a rally in Phoenix.

June 28, 2020The rolling stones said in a statement that they were working with music rights company BMI to prevent Trump from playing their songs at his rally after playing ‘You Can’t Always Get What You Want’ at his rally in Tulsa, adding that BMI “notified the Trump campaign on behalf of the Stones that the unauthorized use of their songs would constitute a violation of its license agreement,” and that if he continued to use their music, “he would be prosecuted for breaking the embargo and playing music that was not allowed. “

Unauthorized use of music has long been a problem in modern countryside, especially for Republicans. Singer Bruce Springsteen opposed President Ronald Reagan and Republican presidential candidates Bob Dole and Pat Buchanan for using his song “Born in the USA”, which is ironically very critical of the patriotic rhetoric that these politicians marry. Other Republican politicians like John McCain, George W. Bush and Sarah Palin have all had frequent problems with interpreters. Other politicians who have had such incidents include Barack Obama and former French President Nicolas Sarkozy.

French said Snider couldn’t use the “public shame” that artists often use in these situations because Snider was friends with Trump. “It means publishing a statement that repudiates the person using the song and in doing so creates enough bad press for them to stop using it.” French wrote that Twisted Sister’s grievance with Trump “didn’t need the press. He didn’t need public shame. But our song stopped playing and didn’t become the anthem of the Trump campaign. “

Although the artists have successfully removed videos of their music from Twitter and persuaded Trump behind the scenes to stop using him, they have very little legal recourse against his unauthorized use of their music at rallies. As a Forbes contributor Michelle Kaminsky Remarks, “In most cases, politicians are actually free to use songs (even without the artists’ permission) as long as the premises have” public performance licenses “with songwriter associations such as BMI and ASCAP which cover the use of songs in their catalogs. ” But the Rolling Stones, it seems, have found a way around this, and that could spur other artists to take similar action.

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