All The Artists Who Have Told Trump To Stop Using Their Songs At His Rallies

6/28/2020 11:25:00 PM

The Rolling Stones are just the latest band to threaten legal action against the president over his use of their music at his rallies.

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

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January 15, 2020R.E.M.said they were “exploring all legal avenues” to prevent Trump from using their music at his rallies after he played ‘Everybody Hurts’ and ‘Losing My Religion’ at a rally in Milwaukee, adding “please know that we do not condone the use of our music by this fraud and con man.”

June 22, 2020Tom Pettysaid in a statement that Trump was “in no way authorized” to play ‘I Won’t Back Down’ at his Tulsa rally, adding that Petty and his family “firmly stand against racism and discrimination of any kind,” calling the Trump campaign a “campaign of hate” and issuing a cease-and-desist notice.

June 24, 2020Panic! At the Discovocalist Brendon Urie tweeted, “Dear Trump Campaign, Fuck you. You’re not invited. Stop playing my song,” and said Trump “represents nothing we stand for. The highest hope we have is voting this monster out in November,” after Trump’s son Donald Trump Jr. walked out to ‘High Hopes’ at a rally in Phoenix.

June 28, 2020The Rolling Stonessaid in a statement that they are working with music rights company BMI to stop Trump from playing their songs at his rally after he played ‘You Can’t Always Get What You Want’ at his rally in Tulsa, adding that BMI has “notified the Trump campaign on behalf of the Stones that the unauthorized use of their songs will constitute a breach of its licensing agreement,” and that if he continues to use their music, “he would face a lawsuit for breaking the embargo and playing music that has not been licensed.”

Key BackgroundUnauthorized use of music has long been an issue in modern campaigns, particularly for Republicans. Singer Bruce Springsteen has clashed with President Ronald Reagan and Republican presidential candidates Bob Dole and Pat Buchanan for using his song “Born in the U.S.A.,” which is ironically highly critical of the patriotic rhetoric those politicians espouse. Other Republican politicians like John McCain, George W. Bush and Sarah Palin have all had frequent run-ins with performers. Other politicians who have had such incidents include Barack Obama and former French President Nicolas Sarkozy.

Chief CriticsaidSnider couldn’t resort to the “public shaming” that artists often employ in these situations because Snider was friends with Trump."That means publishing a statement that repudiates the person using the song and, in so doing, creates enough bad press that he or she just stops using it.” French wrote that Twisted Sister’s grievance with Trump, “didn’t need the press. It didn’t need public shaming. But our song stopped getting played and didn’t become the anthem of the Trump campaign."

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News PegWhile artists have succeeded in getting videos their music removed from Ttwitter, and persuading Trump behind the scenes to stop using it, they have very little legal recourse over his unauthorized use of their music at rallies. As Forbes contributor Michelle Kaminsky

notes, “in most cases, politicians are actually free to use songs (even without artists' permission) so long as venues have “public performance licenses” with songwriters’ associations such as BMI and ASCAP that cover the usage of songs within their catalogs.” But The Rolling Stones, it seems, have found a way around that, and it may prompt other artists to take similar actions.

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The Rolling Stones tells Trump campaign to stop playing their songs at ralliesThe Rolling Stones have threatened legal action against President Trump's campaign over its use of the band's music at rallies. The band's legal team is working with BMI, the performing rights organization, on the issue. Find some real news CNN. THAT'S WHAT FRIENDS ARE FOR I don't give a FUCK about The Rolling Stones

Rolling Stones threaten to sue Trump over using their songsThe Rolling Stones are threatening President Donald Trump with legal action for using their songs at his rallies despite cease-and-desist directives .RollingStones SUE HIM! SUE HIM! This is a delicate situation. If you love Trump and the Stones, you'll take this as them attacking him and you'll cancel them. At the same time, they don't want their music associated with this mess

Rolling Stones to Trump: Quit using our music at rallies or we'll sueThe Rolling Stones' 1969 classic 'You Can't Always Get What You Want' was a popular song for his events. It was played again at the close of Trump's recent rally in Tulsa, Oklahoma – an indoor event criticized for its potential to spread coronavirus. Jfk jr I'm sure he would have permission from ScottBaio to use this.

Rolling Stones Threaten Trump With Lawsuit Over Rally MusicRolling Stones threaten Trump with lawsuit over president's rally music: 'This could be the last time Trump uses any Jagger/ Richards songs on his campaigns' It's about damn time President Trump favors 'law and order' only when he's not the who's one violating the law. 🙄🙄🙄

Rolling Stones threaten to sue Donald Trump if he plays their songs at ralliesOne of the biggest rock bands in history is furious their music is being used for the President’s political ends, called 'a campaign of hate' by late singer Tom Petty's family A Campaign of Hate? What about the Rolling Stones song Street Fighting Man? 'Hey did I tell you that my name Was called disturbance! ... And I'll shout and scream And I'll kill the king and I'll rail at all his servants'! Always great!

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