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Rolling Stones demand Donald Trump stop using their music at campaign events

Published 04/05/2016

The Rolling Stones have not given permission for Donald Trump to use their music
The Rolling Stones have not given permission for Donald Trump to use their music

The Rolling Stones have demanded presumptive Republican US presidential nominee Donald Trump stop playing their songs at his campaign events.

In a statement, the rock band said they have not given permission to the Trump campaign to use their songs and "have requested that they cease all use immediately".

The Trump campaign team did not immediately comment.

Mr Trump, an avid music fan, has featured Rolling Stones songs at his rallies for months as part of a diverse soundtrack that includes Elton John, opera and classic rock songs.

The Rolling Stones' 1969 classic You Can't Always Get What You Want was a popular song choice for his events.

Adele and Aerosmith frontman Steven Tyler have both asked Mr Trump to stop using their recorded songs to fire up crowds.

Neil Young also objected when Mr Trump used Rockin' In The Free World during the announcement of his campaign last year. In those cases, the Trump campaign stopped using the songs.

Political campaigns do not need artists' permission to play their songs at rallies as long as the political organisation or the venue has a blanket licence from performing rights organisations the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publisher (ASCAP) and Broadcast Music Inc (BMI) for all the music in the licensing group's repertoire.

But artists do have some recourse. BMI, for example, has a provision in its licence agreement that allows songwriters or publishers to object to the use of their songs and they have the ability to exclude those songs from the blanket licence.

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