US President Donald Trump’s election campaign is in the midst of another controversy. However, this time it’s not the Russians, but famous singer-songwriter Neil Young. Neil Young is suing Donald Trump’s campaign for repeatedly using his music without his permission.
Neil Young throws a punch at Donald Trump
The Canadian rock star says that Trump breached copyright laws when he played his music at his political rallies. The specific songs that Young has objected to are ‘Rockin’ in the Free World’ and ‘Devil’s Sidewalk’. Neil Young also further labeled Trump’s campaign full of “ignorance and hate”. As of right now, the Trump campaign has not commented on the matter.
Moreover, this isn’t the first time Donald Trump has used Neil Young’s music. Young also said that he had complained to the Trump campaign about using his music since 2015. But, his complaint was “willfully” ignored. Young, who is now a US citizen, is seeking damages of up to $150,000 per infringement. The rallies include the ones in Tulsa, Oklahoma, in June, and at Trump’s visit to Mount Rushmore in July.
Neil Young’s statement on his website read:
“This complaint is not intended to disrespect the rights and opinions of American citizens, who are free to support the candidate of their choosing. However, 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.”
Neil Young, who is now 74, has been inducted in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame twice; Once as a musician and once as a solo artist. However, he is not the only musician whose music has been unlawfully used by the Trump campaign.
Other musicians whose music was used by the Trump campaign
Other than Neil Young, several artists have had their music used without their permission by the Trump campaign. Previously, The Rolling Stones warned Donald Trump with legal action if his campaign used their music again. Moreover, Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, Aerosmith, and Elton John also wrote an open letter, calling politicians to obtain their permission before using their music. So, we’ll have to see how Neil Young goes ahead with this lawsuit.