Trump faces heat over song choice

World | Assocciated Press 29 Jun 2020

The Rolling Stones are threatening President Donald Trump with legal action for using their songs at his rallies despite cease-and-desist directives.

The Stones said in a statement yesterday that their legal team is working with music rights organization BMI to stop use of their material in Trump's reelection campaign.

"The BMI have notified the Trump campaign on behalf of the Stones that the unauthorized use of their songs will constitute a breach of its licensing agreement,'' the Stones said. "If Donald Trump disregards the exclusion and persists, then he would face a lawsuit for breaking the embargo and playing music that has not been licensed.''

The Stones had complained during Trump's 2016 campaign as well.

Their 1969 classic You Can't Always Get What You Want was played at the end of Trump's recent rally in Tulsa, Oklahoma.

Other artists have also complained about having their music associated with Trump's events.

The family of late rock musician Tom Petty said that it had issued a cease-and-desist order after Trump used the song I Won't Back Down in Tulsa.

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