Rolling Stones threaten Donald Trump with lawsuit over rally music

Rolling Stones

The band's 1969 classic "You Can't Always Get What You Want" was recently played at Trump's rally in Tulsa, Oklahoma, an event that was heavily criticised for being held while the U.S. is in the midst of an accelerating coronavirus epidemic.

On Saturday, the group sent out a statement saying it is enlisting BMI, the performing rights organization that oversees public use of the song, in their quest to keep the track from being used for politically partisan purposes.

R.E.M., Pharrell Williams, Rihanna, Neil Young, Guns N' Roses, and the estate of Tom Petty are among those who have also objected to Trump's use of their music.

"The BMI have notified the Trump campaign on behalf of the Stones that the unauthorised use of their songs will constitute a breach of its licensing agreement", read the statement, which was retweeted by the Rolling Stones official Twitter account. Petty's "I Won't Back Down" was played at Trump's recent rally in Tulsa, Oklahoma.

"This could be the last time Trump uses any Jagger/Richards songs on his campaigns", concluded the statement.

The statement emphasized that if Trump continued playing their music, he would be subject to legal action.

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Representatives for The Rolling Stones and for BMI did not immediately respond to TheWrap's request for comment, nor did the Trump campaign.

The Rolling Stones are threatening Donald Trump with legal action for using their songs at his rallies despite cease-and-desist directives.

Campaigning will continue in the coming months as Mr Trump prepares to face Democratic Party nominee Joe Biden in November's presidential election.

The Rolling Stones have partnered with the publishing rights organization Broadcast Music Inc. Tom Petty would never want a song of his to be used in a campaign of hate. It has a catalog of more than 15 million songs authorized for political events.

And singer Betty Buckley also recently urged composer Andrew Lloyd Webber to stop the president using Memory at his campaign rallies.

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