Neil Young Sues Trump Campaign Over Songs Played at Rallies

Brenda Watkins
August 5, 2020

Neil Young, pictured performing at the BottleRock Napa Valley Music Festival in Napa, Calif. on Saturday, May 25, 2019, has sued President Donald Trump's reelection campaign, saying he doesn't want his music used as a theme song for what he calls a divisive un-American campaign of ignorance and hate.

That track as well as "Devil's Sidewalk" from Young's 2003 Crazy Horse album, Greendale, are named in the lawsuit as songs that have been played "numerous times at rallies and political events for the entertainment and amusement of those attending those rallies and political events".

Young has - understandably - been vocally frustrated by the unauthorised use of his music by the Trump campaign, and has pondered taking legal action. "There is a long history to consider and I originally considered it, deciding not to pursue".

Young first floated the idea of suing Trump in June. His idea. He ordered it himself. This is all DJT.

Young initial complained about the usage of this 1990 only,"Rockin' in the Free World", at June 2015, once the tune accompanied Trump's statement of his own presidential campaign, according to the litigation.

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The Grammy-award winning Canadian-born musician filed the lawsuit through his lawyers in Manhattan federal court, seeking up to $150,000 in statutory damages for each infringement. Yesterday, the songwriter posted an official legal complaint on his Archives website, pointing out that the President does not have the license to play his music at campaign rallies.

However, it's unclear whether the suit has been officially filed.

"This complaint is not meant to disrespect the rights and opinions of American citizens, who are free to support the candidate of their choosing". "However, Plaintiff [Neil Young dba Silver Fiddle Music] in good conscience can not allow his music to be used as a "theme song" for a divisive, un-American campaign of ignorance and hate".

In fact, Young's lawsuit continues on to acknowledge that the campaign "willfully ignored Plaintiff's telling not to play the songs".

A spokesperson for the band said they had not given permission for the President or his campaign team to use their material.

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