LONDON (AP) – The Rolling Stones threaten President Donald Trump with legal action for using their songs at his gatherings, despite the ceasefire.
The Stones said in a statement on Sunday that their legal team is working with music rights organization BMI to stop using their material in Trump’s re-election campaign.
“The BMI has reported to the Trump campaign on behalf of the Stones that the unauthorized use of their songs is a violation of the licensing agreement,” said the Stones. “If Donald Trump ignores and continues the lockout, he would file a lawsuit for breaking the embargo and playing unlicensed music.”
During the Trump campaign in 2016, The Stones had complained about using their music to start his conservative base at rallies.
The 1969 classic ‘You Can’t Always Get What You Want’ by The Rolling Stones was a popular song for its events. It was replayed at the end of Trump’s recent rally in Tulsa, Oklahoma – an indoor event that has been criticized for its potential to spread the corona virus.
Other artists have also complained that their music is associated with Trump’s events.
The family of the late rock musician Tom Petty said it issued a penalty order after Trump used the song ‘I Won’t Back Down’ in Tulsa.
“Trump was in no way authorized to use this number on a campaign that leaves too many Americans and common sense behind,” the statement said. “The late Tom Petty and his family are firmly opposed to racism and any form of discrimination. Tom Petty would never want a song from him used in a hate campaign. He liked to bring people together. ”
Grammy Award-winning musician Neil Young lashed out at Trump in 2018 after playing one of his songs against his wishes at Trump’s pre-midterm campaign meetings. The Canadian-born musician admonished Trump for using his 1990 single, “Rockin ‘in the Free World,” despite earlier warnings.
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