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Neil Young sues Trump's 'campaign of ignorance and hate' for using his songs again

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Legendary musician Neil Younger has sued President Trump’s marketing campaign for copyright infringement after it used Younger’s music to advertise a “marketing campaign of ignorance and hate.”

Younger’s songs “Rockin’ within the Free World” and “Satan’s Sidewalk” had been performed “quite a few occasions at rallies and political occasions,” specifically in the course of the president’s June campaign rally in Tulsa, Okla., with out license or Younger’s permission, alleged the criticism, posted Tuesday on Young’s website.

“This criticism shouldn’t be supposed to disrespect the rights and opinions of Americans, who’re free to help the candidate of their selecting,” the doc mentioned. “Nevertheless, [Young] in good conscience can not enable his music for use as a ‘theme music’ for a divisive, un-American marketing campaign of ignorance and hate.”

The veteran musician mentioned that the marketing campaign, Donald J. Trump for President, Inc., “willfully ignored” and “willfully proceeded” to play the songs even after Younger objected to the use of “Rockin’ in the Free World” at Trump’s 2015 presidential marketing campaign announcement. The group produced a license required to play the music on the time after Younger’s public objection.

Younger demanded that additional efficiency of the songs be halted at public occasions related to the marketing campaign, for statutory damages between $750 to $150,000 for every infringement, in addition to the price of the lawsuit and lawyer charges, the criticism mentioned.

The lawsuit was filed Tuesday in U.S. District Court docket Southern District of New York, Younger’s lawyer Ivan Saperstein instructed The Instances.

The Trump marketing campaign didn’t instantly response to The Instances’ request for remark.

Younger, 74, an outspoken critic of the president, is among the many many musicians who’ve criticized Trump for enjoying their work at his occasions. Others embody the Rolling Stones, Rihanna, Adele, R.E.M. and the property of Prince.

The Rolling Stones threatened legal action final month over the marketing campaign’s disregard of a provision within the BMI Political Entities License that permits songwriters or publishers of the music to withdraw their work from the license. This after Trump once more used the band’s hit “You Can’t At all times Get What You Need” as his walk-off theme on the Tulsa rally.



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