28 June 2020 08:41
The Rolling Stones have issued a cease and desist notice against US President Donald Trump. For years, the Stones have tried to stop the president from appropriating You Can't Always Get What You Want as his walk-off music at political rallies - but to no avail. Reuters reports that on Saturday, the group sent out a statement saying it is enlisting BMI, the publishing rights organisation that oversees public use of the song, in their quest to keep the track from being used for politically partisan purposes. It's also threatened a lawsuit if the president continues using the song without a licence. READ MORE: * Donald Trump depicted as Avengers villain Thanos in new 2020 campaign * Donald Trump post taken down from Twitter for 'unauthorised' copyrighted music * Prince's estate asks President Trump to stop using Purple Rain * Donald Trump game made by Kiwis scaling new heights, drawing attention from his fans "Despite cease & desist directives to Donald Trump in the past, the Rolling Stones are taking further steps to exclude him using their songs at any of his future political campaigning.
"The Stones' legal team [is] working with BMI... BMI [has] notified the Trump campaign on behalf of the Stones that the unauthorised use of their songs will constitute a breach of its licensing agreement. Supplied The Rolling Stones are threatening a lawsuit if Donald Trump doesn't stop using their music at rallies. "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 Rolling Stones are not the only artists who don't want to be associated with the US President. Tom Petty family united last weekend to release a statement objecting to the use of I Won't Back Down at the President's contentious campaign rally in Tulsa. Brendon Urie soon followed with a strongly worded statement condemning Trump's use of the Panic! at the Disco song High Hopes at the same rally. Both Neil Young and REM's Michael Stipe have previously publicly objected to Trump campaign song use.