Neil Young continues Donald Trump’s re-election campaign for using his music | American News


Neil Young is continuing Donald Trump’s re-election campaign for copyright infringement, alleging that his music was used at the president’s rallies without his permission.

The 74-year-old star said he could not allow his work to be used as “a theme song for a divisive and anti-American campaign of ignorance and hate.”

In a lawsuit filed in a New York court, Young objected to Rockin ‘In The Free World and Devil’s Sidewalk being performed “many times at rallies and political events for the entertainment and amusement of the participants.”

Young said the Asset campaign performed both songs at a rally in Tulsa, Oklahoma, on June 20, which took place in a controversial fashion despite concerns over the coronavirus pandemic.

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The lawsuit states that “the campaign did not now, and did not have at the time of the Tulsa rally, a license or permission from the plaintiff” to play the songs at any “public political event.”

The former Buffalo Springfield member said he had complained “continuously” about Mr. Trump’s use of his songs since 2015, but was “willfully ignored”.

Young said his first complaint was related to the use of Rockin ‘In The Free World during Mr. Trump’s initial announcement that he was running for president in June 2015.

The complaint claimed that the Trump campaign “deliberately proceeded” to play the songs “although they know a license is required to do so.”

Young’s attorneys added, “This complaint is not meant to disrespect the rights and opinions of American citizens, who are free to support any candidate they choose.

“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. “

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The Canadian-born singer, who is now a US citizen, is seeking damages of up to $ 150,000 (£ 114,300) per offense.

The Trump campaign has yet to comment on the trial.

It comes after the Trump campaign was warned earlier this summer that it could face legal action if it continues to use songs from The rolling stones.

Last month, dozens of artists including Aerosmith, Green Day, Mick Jagger and Elton John signed an open letter calling on politicians to get permission before playing their music at rallies and events.


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