Steven Tyler Demands Trump Quit Playing Aerosmith Songs At Rallies
Sing sends cease and desist letter to the White House.
Rock icon Steve Tyler has demanded that President Donald Trump stop playing Aerosmith song at his rallies by issuing a cease and desist letter to the White House.
At a rally in West Virginia on Tuesday night, Trump team played the Aerosmith song, “Livin’ on the Edge."
Despite the song being hard to hear over the voices of the crowd, Tyler's attorney claimed the song was recognizable enough to imply that Tyler and the band endorsed Trump.
And Tyler isn't happy about being associated with Trump.
THIS IS NOT ABOUT DEMS VS. REPUB. I DO NOT LET ANYONE USE MY SONGS WITHOUT MY PERMISSION. MY MUSIC IS FOR CAUSES NOT FOR POLITICAL CAMPAIGNS OR RALLIES. PROTECTING COPYRIGHT AND SONGWRITERS IS WHAT I’VE BEEN FIGHTING FOR EVEN BEFORE THIS CURRENT ADMINISTRATION TOOK OFFICE.— Steven Tyler (@IamStevenT) August 22, 2018
Here is the cease and desist letter to Trump from Steven Tyler’s lawyers demanding that the Trump campaign refrain from playing Aerosmith music at rallies. Aerosmith has made this demand before according to this letter. pic.twitter.com/tWpOSO6tS5— Jim Acosta (@Acosta) August 22, 2018
THIS IS ONE OF THE REASONS WHY @JOEPERRY AND I HAVE BEEN PUSHING THE SENATE TO PASS THE MUSIC MODERNIZATION ACT.— Steven Tyler (@IamStevenT) August 22, 2018
NO IS A COMPLETE SENTENCE.
The DaiyWire reports: The letter, sent Wednesday, cites the Lanham Act, which prohibits uses of intellectual property that carry with them “any false designation or misleading description or representation of fact … likely to cause confusion … as to the affiliation, connection, or association of such person with another person."
In other words, Tyler and his band-mates are concerned that people who hear an Aerosmith song at a Trump rally might mistakenly believe the band supports the Trump agenda.
This isn't the first time a band has objected to a campaign using a song, but with President Trump the situation is unique since he can often afford to pay "public performance fees" that allow him to play songs at his rallies without the relevant band's specific permission.
In a previous case with Aerosmith's song, "Dream On," performing rights organization BMI actually pulled public performance rights so that Trump wouldn't be able to purchase the song to play at his rallies after the band complained.
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Matt Rosendale’s Senate campaign referred to the poster “reprehensible.
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