“Both the end of Tom Petty and his family a firm position against racism and discrimination of any kind,” the statement continued. “Tom Petty would never want a song of his being used for a campaign of hate. He loved to bring people together.”
The family said that it was the issuance of a cease and desist notice to the Asset of the campaign. “We hate the fans who are marginalized by the administration to think that we were complicit in this use,” the statement concluded.
Read the full statement below.
Trump and his campaign have a long history of playing songs without permission. In the past, Rihanna, The Rolling Stones, R. E. M., and the Prince of the estate have all been forced to issue orders of cease and desist notice. Unfortunately, such actions do not do as much, as Axl Rose has been explained previously. “Unfortunately, the strength of the campaign is the use of loopholes in the different places of the” blanket performance licenses that have not been planned for such craven political purposes, without the authors consent.”
Fortunately for the Small family, there was hardly anyone on the evening of the rally to hear the song during playback.