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Rock & Roll legend Neil Young sues Trump’s campaign

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Rock & Roll legend Neil Young sues Trump's campaign

Rock & Roll legend Neil Young sues Trump’s campaign for playing his songs during rallies without permission

Rock & Roll music legend, Neil Young has been suing the reelection campaign of President Donald Trump to play his song at his political rallies and activities without his permission.

At many appearances, Trump’s reelection campaign regularly played Young’s songs “Rockin’ in the Free World” and “Devil’s Sidewalk” without obtaining permission, according to court papers submitted by Young’s lawyers.

His songs were also played at the June 20 rally in Tulsa , Oklahoma, a rally that generated widespread critique for taking place in the midst of the Covid-19 pandemic, according to the filings.

Young demands as much as $150,000 per breach of copyright, and requests that Trump’s campaign never again perform his music, the lawsuit states.

“This lawsuit is not meant to disrespect the rights and views of American citizens who are free to support the candidate of their choice,” Young’s lawyers wrote in the complaint filed in the Southern District of New York on Tuesday and posted on the website of the artist.

“Plaintiff in good faith, however, cannot authorize the use of his music as a ‘theme song’ for a divisive, un-American campaign of bigotry and hatred.”

Young, a two-time Grammy-winning artist has criticized Trump’s push for the use of his songs before.

“I’m in solidarity with the Lakota Sioux & this is NOT fine with me,” Young tweeted in response to a video of “Rockin’ in the Free World” being played at Mount Rushmore before the president’s July 3rd rally.

Back in 2016 Young told Reuters he would have liked to seek permission from the Trump campaign to use the song before it was played at rallies. Trump’s campaign had released a statement that it secured a license to do so, Young’s attorneys said in the lawsuit.

This time around, Young ‘s demands to avoid playing his songs despite realizing a license is required were “willfully ignored” by the campaign, they continued.

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