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Neil Young sues Donald Trump for using his songs at election rallies

Arhama AltafWeb Editor

05th Aug, 2020. 04:23 pm
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Neil Young sues Trump

Neil Young files a lawsuit against US President Donald Trump’s re-election campaign to try to stop him playing his songs at campaign rallies.

Young claims a breach of copyright for the use of Rockin’ In The Free World and Devil’s Sidewalk, at several Trump events including a recent rally in Tulsa, Oklahoma.

“(The) plaintiff in good conscience cannot allow his music to be used as a ‘theme song’ for a divisive, un-American campaign of ignorance and hate,” reads the draft filing.

The suit, which seeks damages of up to $150,000 for each infringement, is undated but the text indicates Young’s attorneys planning to file it with a federal court in New York.

The musician has repeatedly voiced disdain for Trump’s use of his classic hits at rallies, asking him to stop.

The Canadian-born, now a US citizen, called Trump “a disgrace to my country” earlier this year while coming out in support of Bernie Sanders in the Democratic race.

However, several top artists, including Pharrell Williams, Rihanna, Aerosmith, Adele, and the estate of singer Prince have complained about Trump using their songs.

In June, British rock legends the Rolling Stones threatened legal action against Trump for his use of their classic You Can’t Always Get What You Want at campaign rallies.

The same month, the family of rock musician Tom Petty issued a cease and desist letter over Trump’s use of I Won’t Back Down at the Tulsa rally on June 20.

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