Neil Young sues Trump campaign, Entertainment News & Top Stories

Carla Harmon
August 7, 2020

Young alleges the songs "Rockin" in the Free World" and "Devil's Sidewalk' were used at the US President's rally in Tulsa without permission and it looks like it wasn't the first time the Canadian singer's music has been used. "However, Plaintiff [Neil Young dba Silver Fiddle Music] in good conscience can not allow his music to be used as a "theme song" for a divisive, un-American campaign of ignorance and hate".

The lawsuit states the "marketing campaign does not now have, and did not at the time of the Tulsa rally, have a license or Plaintiff's permission" to perform the songs at any "public political function".

Online court records, viewed and reported on by Pitchfork show that the lawsuit was filed Tuesday in a NY federal court.

Neil Young isn't happy that President Donald Trump has been playing his tunes during campaign events.

Young said his first complaint was in connection with the use of Rockin' In The Free World at Mr Trump's original announcement that he was running for president in June 2015.

Young, 74, is suing for up to $150,000 in statutory damages for each infringement. Young alleged Tuesday that the campaign's actions then were an acknowledgement "that it knew a license was required". Last year, a campaign video tweeted by Trump that featured Queen's "We Will Rock You" was taken down after the band's publisher complained.

"Tom Petty would never want a song of his to be used in a campaign of hate".

Young's attorneys included:"This criticism isn't meant to disrespect the opinions and rights of American taxpayers, that are free to encourage the candidate of their own choosing".

He had also objected when Mr Trump played his music while visiting Mount Rushmore on July 3. "I did not write it for that". The latest use of his song was in Trump's most recent campaign rally in Tusla, Oklahoma, back on June 20. BMI went so far as to say that if any Rolling Stones song it administers is featured at a future event - Trump will face a lawsuit from the Rolling Stones.

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