Mick Jagger and his Rolling Stones bandmates want Donald Trump to stop using their song "You Can't Always Get What You Want" at campaign events Photo: AFP/File
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Jagger, Stipe sign letter demanding campaign song consent

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By Kamil Krzaczynski

Several top musicians, including Mick Jagger and Sheryl Crow, have signed a letter demanding that politicians get their consent before playing their songs at campaign rallies.

The soundtrack to political events was a hot topic during the 2016 election and is again this year, with several stars objecting to President Donald Trump playing their songs without permission.

Michael Stipe of REM, Regina Spektor and Aerosmith's Steven Tyler were among others to put their name on the letter, which was written in partnership with the Artist Rights Alliance, Rolling Stone magazine reported.

"No artist should be forced to compromise their values or be associated with politicians they don't respect or support," the Artist Rights Alliance tweeted.

"To defend free speech and political expression, we're calling on campaigns to get permission before using music at political events," it added.

Last month, British rock legends the Rolling Stones threatened legal action against Trump for his use of their classic "You Can't Always Get What You Want" at campaign rallies.

The same month, the family of rock musician Tom Petty issued a cease and desist letter over Trump's use of "I Won't Back Down" at a rally in Tulsa on June 20.

Queen complained when Trump walked on stage to their anthem "We Are The Champions" during a Republican Party event in Cleveland, Ohio in the run-up to the 2016 presidential election.

Pharrell Williams, Rihanna, Aerosmith, Adele, Neil Young and the estate of singer Prince all have also hit out after Trump used their songs.

Other signatories of the letter revealed Tuesday include Lionel Ritchie, Elvis Costello, and bands Blondie, Green Day and Pearl Jam, Rolling Stone said.

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Not to worry, Trump will steal the songs anyways, then he will send his teams of lawyers after you for interfering with the election.

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This has always seemed like a pretty obvious copyright/use infringement

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"have signed a letter demanding that politicians get their consent before playing their songs at campaign rallies."

To be clear, the artists have signed a letter demanding that President Trump's staff get their consent before playing their songs at campaign rallies. They aren't going to complain if another political campaign uses their songs, lyrics, etc.

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As long as the artist is paid royalties per agreement, it is hard for them to stop the use of their music. The venues that hold political events are following the law. It isn't an issue of theft, just petulance on the part of the artists.

-9 ( +8 / -17 )

Agreed. Jagger just won't get no satisfaction, but it might be the end of the world for Stipe.

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Guess Mick Jagger realized he did not have a legal leg to stand on with that lawsuit. To give a bit of credit to Mick Jagger and Keith Richards they signed over their publishing right to Bitter Sweet Symphony to the Verve guy last year but I don't think the Stones have ever paid the Staple Singers for ripping them off.

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@Toshiyori - that’s not correct.

The letter was sent to Democratic and Republican national, congressional and senatorial committees.

Individually artists might not complain if a campaign they like uses their song, but collectively they are demanding that both sides ask permission.

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Bruce Springsteen has had this issue for decades. And Stipe gave a very nasty tweet to Trump's camp in 2016.

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This should be shot down in court. As long as you get paid royalties, you should not get to decide who gets to play your songs

-9 ( +6 / -15 )

Use of a song requires licensing as determined by ASCAP or BMI (Jasrac in Japan). Depending on the agreement with ASCAP, etc., the artist or the licensing group can reject a request for licensing.

I would’ve pasted a direct link to the ASCAP website but it’s under maintenance at this moment.

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Use of a song requires licensing as determined by ASCAP or BMI (Jasrac in Japan). Depending on the agreement with ASCAP, etc., the artist or the licensing group can reject a request for licensing.

It is pretty obvious that they don't have such a contract. ASCAP is never shy about going after anyone who they even suspect is abusing the copyrights they manage. Jagger and the rest would have no need of the letter they are writing if the Trump campaign was actually violating copyrights, as ASCAP would already be on it. That they aren't suggests he artists don't have a legal leg to stand on. They could try to fight it out in court, but the election will be over long before any decision is reached.

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Sad and pathetic state of affairs for the Trump campsign when they actually want to use music by artists that despise them. Cant this train-wreck campaign find any artist that doesnt hate Trump and his low-education supporters? Anyone?

I guess not.

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Not to worry, Trump will steal the songs anyways, then he will send his teams of lawyers after you for interfering with the election.

Oh, stop! Trump wasn’t the only President that these liberal musicians had a conniption about and won’t be the last.

Sad and pathetic state of affairs for the Trump campsign when they actually want to use music by artists that despise them. Cant this train-wreck campaign find any artist that doesnt hate Trump and his low-education supporters? Anyone?

I disagree, I think a lot of these liberal artists are just your typical partisan nut jobs. Now they have the right to ask the President or any other President not to play their music, I get it, but they don’t have to be the typical partisan jerks they continue to be. We know most of these people are libs, embrace it, don’t act as if you’re neutral, you’re not.

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I disagree, I think a lot of these liberal artists are just your typical partisan nut jobs.

Refusing to be associated with a pathological racist liar conspiracy theorist and sex offender isn't partisan.

It's common sense.

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Heretic, that is true, but we aren't talking about the Biden campaign.

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I think a lot of these liberal artists are just your typical partisan nut jobs. Now they have the right to ask the President or any other President not to play their music, I get it, but they don’t have to be the typical partisan jerks they continue to be. We know most of these people are libs, embrace it, don’t act as if you’re neutral, you’re not.

A stunning lack of understanding. Who is partisan? Who is neutral?

I’m certainly not neutral, I’m anti-stupid and anti-hypocrisy whoever it comes from. That it comes so reliably consistently from the same source is far from a surprise for anyone.

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they don’t have to be the typical partisan jerks they continue to be.

Ted Nugent? Kid Rock? Kanye West?

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Ted Nugent? Kid Rock? Kanye West?

Jagger is the same, he is just trying to stay relevant in this pc culture.

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And Stipe gave a very nasty tweet to Trump's camp in 2016.

That worked out for him, didn't it?

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Refusing to be associated with a pathological racist liar conspiracy theorist and sex offender isn't partisan.

Not only is it partisan, but it just shows what we always know about most musicians, they can’t see anything past money and politics, but yeah, it’s common sense for these people.

Ted Nugent? Kid Rock? Kanye West?

And?

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Assuming the venues have music licences I don't see how they can be stopped. Of course they'll have to pay royalties, either directly or indirectly, but if you publish something you can't decide who buys it.

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Assuming the venues have music licences I don't see how they can be stopped. Of course they'll have to pay royalties, either directly or indirectly

It's not enough that you state facts here. You must express hatred of Trump if you want upvotes instead of downvotes.

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A bunch artists angry that another rich person is using their songs, and has more influence with it then they could have ever imagined or wanted. This reminds me when George Gershwin made Porgy and Bess. (Not that much) anyways, the composition was steeped rich in anti-slavery anti-segregation idealism. But it ended up being the soundtrack for an American In Paris. Not at all what Mr Gershwin wanted, and he was livid about it. However, and as you u know MGM kept it and the rest is history. Now, I'm sorry, but as beautiful a dancer as Gene Kelly was, and as much as he was protrayed as the struggling foreign man in France after WW2. He was definitely no Porgy. So I guess Trump is no Mic or Tom either. But he's still using those songs.

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It's not enough that you state facts here. You must express hatred of Trump if you want upvotes instead of downvotes.

Aa, sumimasen. I hate Trump. OK?

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They have very good moral point here. Unfortunately there are as yet no laws on the books to protect their work in this way. Such laws should be made.

Right now they need to have the right contracts, but its too much to demand that an artist, especially one not yet rich or famous, be able to get one from an established and savvy company they sign on to.

Getting permission from a company but not the artist for use in a movie is one thing, but going over the head of the artist to use their work in politics is a whole other ball park. No artist should ever be made to suffer such an affront.

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https://www.ascap.com/~/media/files/pdf/advocacy-legislation/political_campaign.pdf

A venue license doesn’t necessarily cover the use of the music.... but I guess these facts aren’t good enough for some.

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Ted Nugent? Kid Rock? Kanye West?

Jagger is the same, he is just trying to stay relevant in this pc culture.

Jagger has earned his place in culture for many more generations to come, pc or not. I don’t think he has anything to prove here.

If I found a fly in my soup I’d take it out too.

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That is definitely not true otherwise he wouldn’t be President and wouldn’t be even tied in the polls with Biden.

Hah, you just proved yourself wrong - Trump isn't even in the same set of double digits as biden, much less tied.

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