Rolling Stones threaten to sue Donald Trump over using their songs

Brenda Watkins
June 30, 2020

A statement from the band's legal team said it was working with the performing rights organisation, the BMI, to stop the unauthorised use of their music.

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The Rolling Stones' 1969 song "You Can't Always Get What You Want" was popular for Trump's 2016 events. "The Rolling Stones have never given permission to the Trump campaign to use their songs and have requested that they cease all use immediately", Stones rep Fran Curtis said in a statement to CNN.

The Stones aren't alone in their sentiments.

No later than a week after Trump was hit with a cease and desist by Tom Petty's estate, The Rolling Stones have released a second statement in regards to Trump's continual use of their songs.

Music rights organization BMI provides licenses for venues to play a music.

Trump also used their songs during his 2016 campaign, and it prompted the band to complain.

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The Stones had complained during Trump's 2016 campaign about the use of their music to fire up his conservative base at rallies.

According to the BMI, "The Trump campaign has a Political Entities License which authorizes the public performance of more than 15 million musical works in BMI's repertoire wherever campaign events occur". Now they're threatening legal action.

Elton John told the Guardian in 2016 he didn't want his songs utilized at Trump rallies nor throughout the United States elections in any way.

The Stones' songs have continued to play at Trump's reelection campaign rallies despite cease-and-desist directives, The Associated Press reports. Comment has been sought from the Trump campaign, but no response received as yet.

And singer Betty Buckley also recently urged composer Andrew Lloyd Webber to stop the president using "Memory" at his campaign rallies.

Mick Jagger of The Rolling Stones performs in a NY concert on December 8, 2012.

Major bands and artists are against Trump using their music to promote himself.

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