Neil Young sues Donald Trump for using his music

Lawrence Kim
August 7, 2020

"But Plaintiff in good conscience can't allow his songs to be utilised as a'theme tune' to get a divisive, un-American effort of hate and ignorance".

Online court records, viewed and reported on by Pitchfork show that the lawsuit was filed Tuesday in a NY federal court.

The previous member of Buffalo Springfield explained he has "repeatedly" complained about Mr Trump's use of his songs given that 2015, but he has been "willfully ignored". Young is now asking that Trump be enjoined from playing any more of his songs and is demanding statutory damages.

"This complaint is not meant to disrespect the rights of opinions of American citizens, who are free to support the candidate of their choosing", the suit begins.

The Trump campaign and Young's attorney did not immediately respond to Fox News' request for comment.

A spokesperson for the band said they had not given permission for the President or his campaign team to use their material.

That track as well as "Devil's Sidewalk" from Young's 2003 Crazy Horse album, Greendale, are named in the lawsuit as songs that have been played "numerous times at rallies and political events for the entertainment and amusement of those attending those rallies and political events".

These include at a Trump rally in Tulsa, Oklahoma, in June, and the U.S. president's visit to Mount Rushmore in July. "I stand in solidarity with the Lakota Sioux and this does NOT seem right to me", he said on Twitter last month. "Imaging what it feels like to hear Rockin" in the Free World after this president speaks, like it is his theme song", he wrote. Both PROs have political exclusion clauses, where artists can opt their songs out appearing at political events. BMI went so far as to say that if any Rolling Stones song it administers is featured at a future event - Trump will face a lawsuit from the Rolling Stones.

Young has - understandably - been vocally frustrated by the unauthorised use of his music by the Trump campaign, and has pondered taking legal action.

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