Neil Young is continuing Donald Trump’s re-election campaign for continuously using his music without his permission.
The rock star said the US president broke copyright laws by performing his songs at political rallies and events.
A New York court heard on Tuesday that the Canadian had objected to President Trump’s use of Rockin ‘in the Free World and Devil’s Sidewalk.
The Trump campaign has yet to comment.
Young said he had complained about Mr. Trump’s use of his music since 2015, but was “willfully” ignored.
Young, who is now officially a US citizen after living in the country for decades, seeks damages of up to $ 150,000 (£ 114,400) per offense.
These include a Trump rally in Tulsa, Oklahoma, in June, and the US president’s visit to Mount Rushmore in July.
‘Ignorance and hate’
“This complaint is not intended to disrespect the rights and opinions of American citizens, who are free to support any candidate they choose,” Young’s lawyers said.
“However, the conscientious plaintiff cannot allow his music to be used as a ‘theme song’ for a non-American campaign of ignorance and divisive hate. ”
The 74-year-old has been inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame twice – first as a solo artist, then with his former band Buffalo Springfield.
He’s not the only musician angry with the US president for using their equipment.
Last month, the Rolling Stones warned President Trump that he could face legal action if he continues to use their songs at his campaign rallies.
Mick Jagger and Keith Richards have also joined artists such as Aerosmith and Elton John in recently signing an open letter calling on politicians to get permission before playing their music at campaign and political events.
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