Rolling Stones Warn Trump Campaign About Using Their Music
The Rolling Stones said Sunday they do not want their music played at U.S. president Donald Trump’s campaign rallies.
Legal reps for the band are working with music rights organization BMI to get their songs taken off the campaign’s playlist.
“The BMI have notified the Trump campaign on behalf of the Stones that the unauthorized use of their songs will constitute a breach of its licensing agreement,” they said, in a statement. “If Donald Trump disregards the exclusion and persists, then he would face a lawsuit for breaking the embargo and playing music that has not been licensed.”
At his controversial rally in Tulsa, Oklahoma on June 20, both “She’s a Rainbow” and “You Can’t Always Get What You Want" were played.
The family of the late Tom Petty sent the campaign a cease-and-desist notice after his 1989 hit “I Won’t Back Down” was played at the Tulsa rally.
“Trump was in no way authorized to use this song to further a campaign that leaves too many Americans and common sense behind,” read a statement from Petty’s daughters Adria and Annakim, their mother Jane and Petty’s second wife Dana.
“Tom Petty would never want a song of his used for a campaign of hate. He liked to bring people together.”
Canadian-born singer Neil Young has previously complained about his song “Rockin’ in the Free World” being played at Trump events. In Tulsa, the campaign played "Devil's Sidewalk."
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