Rolling Stones Threaten to Sue Trump for Using Their Songs


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Members of The Rolling Stones, from left, Mick Jagger, Charlie Watts, Keith Richards and Ron Wooden pose for photographs from the aircraft that brought them to Cuba at Jose Marti worldwide airport in Havana, Cuba, on March 24, 2016. (Ramon Espinosa/AP Photograph)

LONDON—The Rolling Stones are threatening President Donald Trump with authorized motion for using their songs at his rallies despite cease-and-desist directives.

The Stones stated in a press release Sunday that their authorized group is working with music rights group BMI to cease use of their material in Trump’s reelection marketing campaign.

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

The Stones had complained during Trump’s 2016 marketing campaign about using their music to fireside up his conservative base at rallies.

The Rolling Stones’ 1969 basic “You Can’t All the time Get What You Need” was a well-liked music for his events. It was played again on the shut of Trump’s current rally in Tulsa, Oklahoma.

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President Donald Trump at a campaign rally within the BOK Middle in Tulsa, Okla., on June 19, 2020. (Charlotte Cuthbertson/The Epoch Occasions)

Different artists have also complained about having their music related to Trump’s events.

The household of the late rock musician Tom Petty stated that it had issued a cease-and-desist order after Trump used the track “I Gained’t Back Down” in Tulsa.

Grammy Award-winning musician Neil Young lashed out at Trump in 2018 after hearing certainly one of his songs performed towards his needs during Trump’s pre-midterm marketing campaign rallies. The Canadian-born musician admonished Trump for using his 1990 single, “Rockin’ within the Free World,” regardless of earlier warnings.

By Danica Kirka