Rock legend, The Rolling Stones threatened to sue President Trump for using their songs at his rallies despite cease-and-desist orders, said an AP report.
Mick Jagger and Keith Richards have written the 1969 classic “You Can’t Always Get What You Want”.
The Rolling Stone Magazine listed it as one of the 500 greatest songs of all time. The song was also popular for Trump’s events.
It was played again recently at the close of Trump’s Tulsa rally.
The Stones said that their legal team is working with BMI to stop Trump from using their material in his reelection campaign.
BMI, a music rights organization, provides music licenses and a catalog of more than 15 million songs that can be played at political events.
The Stones have opted out of having their music played at such events, said BMI
The Stones had complained during Trump’s 2016 campaign about the use of their music at his rallies.
“The BMI have notified the Trump campaign on behalf of the Stones,” said the Stones. Furthermore, the “unauthorized use of their songs will constitute a breach of its licensing agreement,” the Stones added.
“If Donald Trump disregards the exclusion and persists,” they said. “He would face a lawsuit for breaking the embargo and playing music that has not been licensed.’’
Increasing Complaints From Other Artists
The Rolling Stones are not the first major act to call on the president to stop using their songs.
Queen complained when Trump used their anthem, We Are The Champions, during a 2016 Republican Party event.
Recently, Tom Petty’s family issued a cease and desist letter over Trump’s use of ‘I Won’t Back Down”, at the same Tulsa rally.
In an open letter on Twitter, the singer’s family posted, saying the late Tom Petty “would never want a song of his used for a campaign of hate”.
Pharrell Williams, Rihanna, Aerosmith, Adele, Neil Young, and the estate of late singer, Prince have all recoiled after Trump used their songs.
The BMI added that it has not yet received any response from Trump’s lawyers.