LONDON (AP) – The Rolling Stones are threatening President Donald Trump with legal action for using their songs at his rallies despite injunctive relief.
The Stones said in a statement on Sunday that their legal team is working with the music rights organization BMI to stop using their material in Trump’s re-election campaign.
“The BMI has informed the Trump campaign on behalf of the Stones that the unauthorized use of their songs constitutes a violation of its license agreement,” said the Stones. “If Donald Trump disregards the exclusion and continues, he will be brought to justice for breaking the embargo and playing music that was not licensed.”
The Stones had complained about using their music during the 2016 Trump campaign to strengthen its conservative rally base.
The 1969 Rolling Stones classic “You can’t always get what you want” was a popular song for its events. It was played again at the end of Trump’s recent rally in Tulsa, Oklahoma – an indoor event that has been criticized for its potential to spread the corona virus.
Other artists have also complained that their music is associated with Trump’s events.
The family of the late rock musician Tom Petty said they issued an injunction after Trump used the song “I Won’t Back Down” in Tulsa.
“Trump was in no way authorized to use this song to advance a campaign that left too many Americans and common sense,” the statement said. “Both the late Tom Petty and his family are firmly opposed to racism and discrimination of any kind. Tom Petty would never want a song by him to be used in a hate campaign. He liked to bring people together. “
Grammy-winning musician Neil Young hit Trump in 2018 after playing one of his songs against his will at Trump’s rallies before the mid-term campaign. The Canadian-born musician warned Trump to use his 1990 single “Rockin ‘in the Free World” despite previous warnings.