Rolling Stones warn Donald Trump campaign against using their songs
A statement from Rolling Stones' legal team said it was working with the performing rights organisation, the BMI, to stop the unauthorised use of their music.
The Rolling Stones have warned US President Donald Trump against using their songs at his campaign rallies, saying he could face legal action if he continues to do so.
The Trump campaign used the song "You Can't Always Get What You Want" at last week's rally in Tulsa, Oklahoma.
The same song was used by the Trump campaign during the 2016 US election, but he has continued to use it without the band's permission. Now he’s been put on notice by BMI -- the performing rights organisation -- that there might be legal consequences if he persists, reported Deadline.
A statement from the band's legal team said it was working with the BMI to stop the unauthorised use of their music.
Representatives for the group said: “This could be the last time President Donald Trump uses Stones songs. Despite cease & desist directives to Donald Trump in the past, the Rolling Stones are taking further steps to exclude him using their songs at any of his future political campaigning.
"The Stones’ legal team is working with BMI. BMI has notified the Trump campaign on behalf of the Stones that the unauthorized use of their songs 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," added the statement.
A spokesperson for ABKCO, the song’s publisher, told Deadline that it had “teamed up” with Mick Jagger and Keith Richards to ask BMI to tell the Trump campaign to stop using their classic 1969 song at the President’s rallies.
Earlier this month, the family of rock musician Tom Petty issued a cease and desist letter to the Trump campaign over the unauthorised use of his song "I Won't Back Down" at the Tulsa rally.
In a statement posted on Twitter, the family said that the late artist would "never want a song of his used for a campaign of hate".