Entertainment Neil Young files copyright infringement lawsuit against Trump campaign

01:43  05 august  2020
01:43  05 august  2020 Source:   theweek.com

Neil Young objects to Donald Trump using his songs

  Neil Young objects to Donald Trump using his songs Neil Young has stated he is 'not OK' with Donald Trump using his songs at his Fourth of July weekend event. During Trump's rally, held at the base of Mount Rushmore on Friday, the U.S. leader played three of the rocker's songs, to Young's apparent irritation. "This is NOT ok with me," the 74-year-old tweeted from his official account, alongside a video of his 1989 hit Rockin' in a Free World playing over the sound system at the gathering. After another clip emerged of his track Like a Hurricane playing before Trump took the stage, Young added: "I stand in solidarity with the Lakota Sioux & this is NOT ok with me.

Young today (August 4) posted a lawsuit against Trump ’s campaign on his Archives website , claiming the US President does not have proper license to play his The lawsuit adds that Young is seeking “statutory damages in the maximum amount allowed for wilful copyright infringement .”

Neil Young is suing Donald Trump ’s campaign for alleged illegal usage of his music at a rally. Young posted details of the lawsuit on his official site which details the singer “continuously and Gardner recently drew criticism from Donald Trump for filing charges against a couple who waved

Neil Young wearing a purple hat on stage © Matt Kincaid/Getty Images Neil Young

Neil Young is officially taking the president's 2020 campaign to court.

Young has filed a copyright infringement lawsuit in New York federal court against President Trump's campaign for using his songs at its rallies, with the complaint saying he "in good conscience cannot allow his music to be used as a 'theme song' for a divisive, un-American campaign of ignorance and hate," according to The Hollywood Reporter.

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The rock star has repeatedly expressed his disapproval of the Trump campaign's use of his songs, including "Rockin' in the Free World," which USA Today notes the president has played at events going back to his June 2015 campaign announcement. Young last month said in an open letter to Trump that he wouldn't sue since this would potentially distract "from your important work at hand protecting and saving American lives" during the COVID-19 pandemic. Young later said, however, that he was reconsidering this.

"There is a long history to consider and I originally considered it, deciding not to pursue," Young said on his website in July. "But then President Trump ordered thugs in uniform onto our streets. ... Imagine what it feels like to hear 'Rockin’ in the Free World' after this president speaks, like it is his theme song. I did not write it for that."

Neil Young sues Trump campaign over use of famous tunes .
The legendary singer cited repeated use of two songs: Rockin’ In The Free World and Devil’s Sidewalk. © Provided by PA Media US President Donald Trump has used the music at several rallies (Niall Carson/PA) The campaign has used the tunes numerous times at rallies and political events, including on June 20 in Tulsa, Oklahoma, the lawsuit said.Young said he was not suing to “disrespect the rights and opinions of American citizens, who are free to support the candidate of their choosing”, the lawsuit said.

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