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The Rolling Stones are an English rock band formed in London in 1962. The first stable line-up consisted of band leader Brian Jones (guitar, harmonica, keyboards), Mick Jagger (lead vocals, harmonica), Keith Richards (guitar, vocals), Bill Wyman (bass guitar), Charlie Watts (drums), and Ian Stewart (piano). Click here to know more.
LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM – British rock legends The Rolling Stones have warned U.S President Donald Trump for the use of their song, unauthorized, at a campaign rally.
The band added “You Can’t Always Get What You Want” at campaign rallies.
According to a statement given to the U.S. website, Deadline, overnight Saturday, the band has appointed performing rights organization BMI to try to stop him using the song.
This comes after Rolling Stones song ‘You Can’t Always Get What You Want’ was used at Trump’s campaign at last week’s re-election rally in Tulsa, Oklahoma.
The same song was used by Trump at his 2016 US election.”The Rolling Stones do not endorse Donald Trump”, the band had tweeted in 2016.
BMI informed the Trump campaign this week that the unauthorized use of the song will constitute a breach of its licensing agreement.
“If Donald Trump disregards the exclusion and persists, then he would face a lawsuit for breaking the embargo and playing music that has not been licensed”. There has been no response from Trump or his team on the matter yet.
“The Trump campaign has a Political Entities License which authorizes the public performance of more than 15 million musical works in BMI’s repertoire wherever campaign events occur”, a BMI spokesperson told Deadline.
In their defense, The Trump campaign claimed that it had the right to play “Rockin’ in the Free World” at his campaign events through a licensing agreement with ASCAP.
Like BMI, ASCAP has a Political Campaign License agreement that provides “a blanket license to perform any or all of the millions of compositions in the ASCAP repertory.
However, ASCAP members may ask ASCAP to exclude specific songs from a particular political campaign’s license. In that event, ASCAP will notify the campaign of the excluded works.”