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Tue Aug 4, 2020, 01:44 PM

Neil Young Posts Lawsuit Against Trump Campaign Over Song Usage

Source: Rolling Stone

Neil Young posted a lawsuit against President Donald Trump’s campaign to his Archives site Tuesday, claiming the President and his campaign does not have a proper license to play his songs “Rockin’ in the Free World” and “Devil’s Sidewalk” at rallies.

It is unclear whether the suit has been officially filed; a representative for Young did not immediately reply to Rolling Stone‘s request for comment. Specific defendants associated with the campaign have yet to be added to the suit as well.

The lawsuit is the latest salvo in a long spat between Young and Trump that dates all the way back to June 2015, when Trump played “Rockin’ in the Free World” immediately after announcing his intention to run for president. Young expressed his displeasure then and did so again after Trump played the song at a 2018 rally — he expressed the same sentiment most recently after Trump played the Freedom cut at events in Tulsa, Oklahoma, and Mount Rushmore.

Young’s lawsuit states: “The Campaign does not now have, and did not at the time of the Tulsa rally, have a license or Plaintiff’s permission to play the two Songs [‘Rockin’ in the Free World’ and ‘Devil’s Sidewalk’] at any public political event.” Young is seeking “statutory damages in the maximum amount allowed for willful copyright infringement.”

Read more: https://www.rollingstone.com/music/music-news/neil-young-lawsuit-trump-campaign-rockin-in-the-free-world-1039173/




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Reply Neil Young Posts Lawsuit Against Trump Campaign Over Song Usage (Original post)
demmiblue Aug 4 OP
SheltieLover Aug 4 #1
FakeNoose Aug 4 #2
StarryNite Aug 4 #3
SergeStorms Aug 4 #4
chriscan64 Aug 4 #5
orleans Aug 4 #6
PoliticAverse Aug 4 #8
PoliticAverse Aug 4 #7
MRDAWG Aug 4 #9
Dr. Strange Aug 4 #10
BigmanPigman Aug 5 #11
oasis Aug 5 #12
discntnt_irny_srcsm Aug 5 #13

Response to demmiblue (Original post)

Tue Aug 4, 2020, 01:46 PM

1. 👏👏👏👏👏👏👏👏👏

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Response to demmiblue (Original post)

Tue Aug 4, 2020, 03:38 PM

2. K & R

They were warned - repeatedly!

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Response to demmiblue (Original post)

Tue Aug 4, 2020, 03:42 PM

3. WooHoo!

Get 'em Neil!

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Response to demmiblue (Original post)

Tue Aug 4, 2020, 03:42 PM

4. Go get 'em, Neil!

"There is a town in North Ontario"....... One of Canada's finest exports.

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Response to demmiblue (Original post)

Tue Aug 4, 2020, 04:21 PM

5. We've seen the nimrod and the damage done.

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Response to demmiblue (Original post)

Tue Aug 4, 2020, 04:49 PM

6. some venues pay a flat fee to ascap

that allows the venue to play thousands of songs

i wonder if that is how trump is skirting around this issue for all these years

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Response to orleans (Reply #6)

Tue Aug 4, 2020, 05:24 PM

8. Something like that is often the case which effectively means the artists can't easily control

individual use of their music.

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Response to demmiblue (Original post)

Tue Aug 4, 2020, 05:23 PM

7. "Don't be denied". n/t

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Response to demmiblue (Original post)

Tue Aug 4, 2020, 06:01 PM

9. Neil has always been my favorite. Now...............

I have another reason to like him.

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Response to Dr. Strange (Reply #10)

Wed Aug 5, 2020, 07:00 AM

11. He changed his mind three times...

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Response to demmiblue (Original post)

Wed Aug 5, 2020, 07:04 AM

12. Go get 'em!

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Response to demmiblue (Original post)

Wed Aug 5, 2020, 07:42 AM

13. Somehow the lyric...

..."3,570 dead in Ohio" doesn't have the same ring to it but I'd buy a copy just to support the lawsuit.
Get 'em Neil.

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