“This could be the last time Trump uses any Jagger/ Richards songs on his campaigns,” the band’s rep said in a statement.
The Rolling Stones announced on Saturday that they are taking steps against the Trump campaign, warning them that if they continue to use Jagger/Richards music they will face a lawsuit.
The Stones’ legal team and BMI, a performing rights organization, notified the Trump campaign that unauthorized use of their songs will constitute a breach of its licensing agreement.
As BMI told Deadline, “The Trump campaign has a Political Entities License which authorizes the public performance of more than 15 million musical works in BMI’s repertoire wherever campaign events occur. There is a provision, however, that allows BMI to exclude musical works from the license if a songwriter or publisher objects to its use by a campaign. BMI has received such an objection and sent a letter notifying the Trump campaign that the Rolling Stones’ works have been removed from the campaign license, and advising the campaign that any future use of these musical compositions will be in breach of its license agreement with BMI.”
The Rolling Stones do not endorse Donald Trump, and yet the campaign has continued to use their song “You Can’t Always Get What You Want” without the band’s permission. The song was also recently played at a bigly rally in Tulsa, Oklahoma.
Tom Petty’s family was also upset when the Trump campaign used one of his songs “I Won’t Back Down” in Tulsa.
“Trump was in no way authorized to use this song to further a campaign that leaves too many Americans and common sense behind. Both the late Tom Petty and his family firmly stand against racism and discrimination of any kind. Tom Petty would never want a song of his used for a campaign of hate. He liked to bring people together.”
See this story at Rolling Stone.