June 23, 2024

Rolling Stones threatens legal action over use of song at Trump’s campaign


The British rock legends, The Rolling Stones, have threatened a legal action against the US President, Donald Trump, for using one of its songs – You Can’t Always Get What You Want – at a campaign rally

While disclosing this in a statement on Saturday June 27, 2020, the band noted that performing rights organisation BMI had been appointed to notify the Trump campaign team to stop him from using the song.

“The BMI has notified the Trump campaign on behalf of the Stones that the unauthorised use of their songs will constitute a breach of its licensing agreement,” reads the statement.

“If Donald Trump disregards the exclusion and persists then he will face a lawsuit for breaking the embargo and playing music that has not been licensed,” it adds.

While disclosing that the song was initially played at Republican party primaries, the BMI added that it had not received any response from lawyers acting for Trump.

The Rolling Stones is not the first major act to call on the president to stop using their songs.

Earlier this month, the family of rock musician, Tom Petty, issued a cease and desist letter over Trump’s use of his song, I Won’t Back Down, at a rally in Tulsa on June 20.

His family posted an open letter on Twitter saying the late singer “would never want a song of his used for a campaign of hate”.

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