Neil Young published a lawsuit against President Donald Trump’s campaign on his archive page on Tuesday, claiming that the president and his campaign do not have a proper license to play his songs “Rockin ‘in the Free World” and “Devil’s Sidewalk” at gatherings.
It is unclear whether the action has been officially filed. a representative of Young did not respond immediately Rolling stonerequest for comment. Specific accused in connection with the campaign have not yet been added to the suit.
Young’s lawsuit states: “The campaign does not have a license or plaintiff’s license to play the two songs at the Tulsa collection. [‘Rockin’ in the Free World’ and ‘Devil’s Sidewalk’] at every public political event. ” Young seeks “statutory damages in the maximum amount of intentional copyright infringement.”
Representatives of the Trump campaign did not return immediately Rolling stonerequest for comment.
The suit claims that the Trump campaign “has been deliberately ignored [Young] tells not to play Songs and continued with the desire to play Songs despite his lack of license and despite his knowledge that a license is required to do so. “But in a section above, the Young suit admits that after the first dustbin of ‘Rockin’ in the Free World ‘2015,” the campaign issued a statement saying it had acquired a license to do so, acknowledging that it knew that a license is required. ”
Although countless artists have condemned politicians for using their music without their permission, there can often be little that an artist can actually do to stop them. Campaigns can obtain special licenses with publishing giants BMI and ASCAP, which approve the public appearances of millions of songs at campaign events. However, artists can work with BMI and ASCAP to remove their songs under this umbrella, as the Rolling Stones did recently after Trump played “You Can’t Always Get What You Want” at the Tulsa Rally.