Rolling Stones warn Trump of legal action for using their songs

Brenda Watkins
July 1, 2020

The Rolling Stones have threatened legal action against US President Donald Trump for the continued use of their songs at campaign rallies. On it informs BBC referring to the statement of lawyers of the group.

"The group's 1969 classic" You Can't Always Get What You Need" was recently played Trump's rally in Tulsa, Oklahoma, an occasion that has been heavily criticized to be held while the U.S. is in the middle of an accelerating coronavirus outbreak.

Previous "cease and desist directives" had been ignored, but in a fresh statement the group's team warned that "further steps to exclude" the politician from using their music could be considered.

Now, the Rolling Stones are going a little further by threatening legal action.

At the beginning of this month, the family of rock musician Tom Petty, at a rally on June 20, asked Trump to stop issuing a letter on the use of his song, I Watts Back Down.

Elton John told the Guardian in 2016 he didn't want his songs utilized at Trump rallies nor throughout the U.S. elections in any way. The Rolling Stones requested then-candidate Trump to cease and desist use of "You Can't Always Get What You Want".

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The Rolling Stones are not the only musicians to protest against unauthorized use of their music for political campaigning.

BMI also told Deadline: "The Trump campaign has a Political Entities License which authorises the public performance of more than 15 million musical works in BMI's repertoire wherever campaign events occur".

Pharrell Williams, Rihanna, Aerosmith, Adele, Neil Young and the estate of singer Prince have all hit out after the use of songs by Trump.

The US presidential election is scheduled to take place on 3 November.

The Canadian-born musician admonished Trump for using his 1990 single, "Rockin' in the Free World", in spite of earlier warnings. "You Can't Always Get What You Want" was used without the band's permission".

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