Can Neil Young sue Donald Trump into silence?
Young is suing Trump over song usage in his campaign — and the outcome of the case depends on a tiny licensing matter
Young’s complaint alleges that Trump’s campaign “does not now have, and did not at the time of the Tulsa rally, have a license or Plaintiff’s permission to play the two Songs at any public political event,” but it does not specify its licensing status with BMI, the performance rights organization that manages usage rights of Young’s catalog. Neither Young nor BMI immediately responded to
Rolling Stone‘s request for comment.Adelman notes that there’s potentially a secondary infringement issue if the campaign is using songs for broadcasts. “Trump is not just doing events for the 20,000 people there — he’s doing it for TV and for his website,” he says. “The Trump administration will probably argue that campaigns are ephemeral use, but it’s not ephemeral use if the campaign events are set up to be broadcast.”
If you’re feeling dèjà vu, it’s warranted: Neil has been threatening legal action against Trump’s camp for using his music for years now, and artists including R.E.M., Brendon Urie of Panic! at the Disco, Axl Rose of Guns N’ Roses, Elton John, Adele and the Rolling Stones have either
issued public statements or sent cease-and-desist lettersto Trump asking for their songs to stop being played at his campaign events.After Trump used Rihanna’s “Don’t Stop the Music” at a rally in Tennessee in 2018, thesinger tweeted thatnot “me nor my people would ever be at or around one of those tragic rallies.” (She also sent a cease-and-desist.) Artists have the option of asking their performance rights organization — typically BMI or its peer group ASCAP — to put specific songs under a political exclusion so that their music cannot be obtained through a broad license,
as the Rolling Stones did.But rarely have artists gone to court. R.E.M. has been threatening legal action against Trump since January but has not filed any formal complaints, for instance. “A lot of this is to sway public opinion,” Adelman notes. “In our very two-sided political place right now, bands are actually signaling to their own fans.”
There’s also the cost to consider. “No campaign should use an artist’s song without permission because it undeniably constitutes at least an implied endorsement of the candidate by the artist — but it will be hugely expensive for Neil to spar in court with the deep-pocketed Trump campaign,” says Lawrence Iser, a copyright attorney at the firm Kinsella Weitzman Iser Kump & Aldisert.
Defendants have 21 days to respond from the suit’s file date. Court decisions on cases like these usually take nine to 12 months, attorneys say, meaning that an outcome on Young vs. Trump will be due well after the November 2020 election. Read more: Rolling Stone »
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He told Trump, 'This note's NOT for you.' Can he sue him into resigning? Neilyoung No. Music should not be allowed to be picky [guitar pun] like that. Copyrights do not have a “If I like Him it’s a yes” clause. And I bet unlike latter day Prince many artists are not sole owners of their music. Well what if realDonaldTrump wants to sue Neil young?
Neil Young Sues Donald Trump Campaign for Copyright InfringementThe legendary musician alleges that Trump lacked license to play 'Rockin' in the Free World' and 'Devil's Sidewalk' at a campaign rally in Tulsa. It’s about time! Another lawsuit on the list of hundreds. TrumpWorsePotusInHistory
Neil Young Sues Trump Campaign: No More 'Rockin' in the Free World' Neil Young is suing President Donald Trump&39;s presidential campaign for playing his music at rallies, saying his songs have been used an &34;un-American campaign of ignorance and hate.” After Trump there’s no free world wow
Neil Young Sues The Trump Campaign Over Song UseThe singer and songwriter has filed a copyright infringement complaint over Trump's use of Young's songs 'Rockin' in the Free World' and 'Devil's Sidewalk' at numerous rallies and campaign events. Wait, hold the F on. They are playing rockin' in the free world? How do republicans never listen to the lyrics of songs? Let's see what Biden has to say about that. It certainly ain’t a free world with him as President.
Neil Young posts lawsuit against Trump campaign over song use at political eventsYoung is a critic of Trump and has disapproved of the politician’s use of his music since he played “Rockin’ in the Free World” at a 2015 event. When all this is behind us, there should be a law making it illegal to use someone's music for political purposes without permission So - no free world no mo? This is your brain on drugs
Neil Young Sues Trump Campaign Over Songs Played at Rallies Neil Young has sued President Trump's campaign over his songs being played at Trump rallies. BillClintonIsAPedo ? SaveTheChildren He’s got to make money somehow because he hasn’t had a hit in over a decade
Neil Young sues Trump campaign, deriding use of famous tunes Neil Young is suing President Trump’s reelection campaign, saying his songs - including “Rockin’ in the Free World” - have been used at rallies and political events without permission. The campaign did not immediately reply to a request for comment. Fabulous! old drugged up has been... Who cares?