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EntertainmentNeil Young Slams Trump Again Over 'Rockin' in the Free World' Usage: 'It Goes Against My Wishes'

22:00  08 november  2018
22:00  08 november  2018 Source:   billboard.com

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Neil Young knows he can't legally stop President Trump from playing his song " Rockin ' in the Free World " at rallies, but he reiterated "DT does not have my permission to use the song ' Rockin ' in the Free World ' at his appearances "Legally, he has the right to, however, it goes against my wishes ."

Neil Young admitted in an interview that he might have allowed Donald Trump to use " Rockin ' in the Free World Neil Young knows he can't legally stop President Trump from playing his song " Rockin ' in the Free World " at rallies, but "Legally, he has the right to, however, it goes against my wishes ."

Neil Young Slams Trump Again Over 'Rockin' in the Free World' Usage: 'It Goes Against My Wishes'© Alice Chiche / AFP Neil Young

Neil Young knows he can't legally stop President Trump from playing his song "Rockin' in the Free World" at rallies, but he reiterated on Tuesday (Nov. 6) that he really wishes the president would cut it out. "DT does not have my permission to use the song 'Rockin' in the Free World' at his appearances," Young wrote on Election Day on his Archives website. "Legally, he has the right to, however, it goes against my wishes."

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Neil Young admitted in an interview that he might have allowed Donald Trump to use " Rockin ' in the Free World " had the mogul asked permission first. So I got nothing against him. You know, once the music goes out, everybody can use it for anything. But if the artist who made it is saying you never

Neil Young is reiterating his disapproval of President Trump playing his music at his campaign rallies, writing in a statement that one of his popular songs was featured at a political “Legally, he has the right to, however it goes against my wishes .” This is not the first time the 72-year-old expressed his

"I asked him then, in a widely shared, public letter to cease and desist," Young wrote. "However, he chose not to listen to my request, just as he chooses not to listen to the many American voices who ask him to stop his constant lies, to stop his petty, nasty name calling and bullying, to stop pushing his dangerous, vilifying and hateful rhetoric. This man does not represent the character of the people in the USA that I have come to know and love."

Rihanna reportedly sent a cease-and-desist letter to Trump's White House counsel recently after the president played her song "Don't Stop the Music" at a rally in Chattanooga, Tennessee. "As you are or should be aware, Ms. Fenty has not provided her consent to Mr. Trump to use her music," the letter reportedly read. "Such use is therefore improper." When the singer caught wind of Trump's use off her song after a Washington Post reporter said that the song was playing and "everyone's loving it," she tweeted, "not for much longer...me nor my people would ever be at or around one of those tragic rallies."

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Neil Young and Donald Trump are sparring over the use of " Rockin ' in the Free World " in Trump 's presidential announcement. When Neil Young released his anthemic track “ Rockin ’ in the Free World ” off 1989’s Freedom , the song quickly became a rallying cry in post-Reagan America for

Neil Young has once again told President Trump to stop playing his 1989 classic “ Rockin ’ In The Free World ” at campaign events, even though he acknowledges he “Legally, he has the right to, however it goes against my wishes .” This issue first flared up when Trump played the song in June of 2015

GNR's Axl Rose tweeted that Trump was using "loopholes in various venues' blanket performance licenses which were not intended for such craven political purposes, without the songwriters' consent." A recent New York Times story broke down the complicated licensing and copyright law tangle that, in the past, has given political campaigns wide berth to play any song they choose at rallies. "Playing music at a public event requires a license, which generally comes from a few big music-rights agencies like BMI and ASCAP," the Times reported. "Usually, the arenas where politicians appear already possess a blanket license that allows the venue to play any song in the agencies’ vast catalogs."

The agencies, however, typically advise campaigns to buy their own blanket licenses that allow them to play music wherever they are, though it was unclear if the Trump campaign had done so. "In recent years, BMI and ASCAP have written exemptions into these contracts giving musicians the right to stop a politician from using their songs," according to the Times, citing actions taken on behalf of Aerosmith singer Steven Tyler to have his band's music stripped off of Trump's BMI and ASCAP licenses using the argument that playing them created the false impression that Tyler was a Trump supporter; Rihanna's lawyer has reportedly made a similar argument.

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" Rockin ' in the Free World " is a song by Neil Young , released on his 1989 album Freedom . Two versions of the song were released, similarly to the song "Hey Hey, My My (Into the Black)

Young excuses Donald Trump ’s use of Rockin ’ in the Free World on campaign trail, saying: ‘Once the music goes out, everybody can use it ’.

The Times also noted that BMI's college and university blanket licenses contain exclusions for events that are "promoted or sponsored by a third party," with a BMI spokesperson saying that “there is risk involved if a campaign attempts to rely on a venue license to cover its music use for events...many venues where campaign events are held do not have licenses, and venue licenses are not intended to cover campaign events in the first place.”

A spokesperson for the White House could not be reached for comment at press time.

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