LONDON (AP) – The Rolling Stones are threatening President Donald Trump with legal action for using their songs at rallies despite cease and desist directives.
The Stones said in a statement on Sunday that their legal team was working with the music rights organization BMI to stop using their equipment in Trump’s re-election campaign.
“The IMC has notified the Trump campaign on behalf of the Stones that the unauthorized use of their songs would be a violation of its license agreement,” said the Stones. “If Donald Trump ignores the exclusion and persists, he would be prosecuted for breaking the embargo and playing unauthorized music. “
The Stones complained during Trump’s 2016 campaign of using their music to set fire to his conservative base at rallies.
The 1969 Rolling Stones classic “You can’t always get what you want” was a popular song for its events. It was played again at the end of Trump’s recent rally in Tulsa, Oklahoma – an indoor event criticized for its potential to spread the coronavirus.
Other artists also complained that they associated their music with the events of Trump.
The family of late rock musician Tom Petty said they issued a cease and desist order after Trump used the song “I Won’t Back Down” in Tulsa.
“Trump was never allowed to use this song to advance a campaign that leaves too many Americans and common sense behind,” the statement said. “The late Tom Petty and his family strongly oppose racism and discrimination of any kind. Tom Petty would never want one of his songs to be used in a hate campaign. He liked to bring people together. ”
Grammy-winning musician Neil Young went wild against Trump in 2018 after hearing one of his songs played against his will at rallies during Trump’s pre-midterm campaign. The Canadian-born musician berated Trump for using his 1990 single, “Rockin ‘in the Free World,” despite earlier warnings.