Aerosmith frontman Steven Tyler has ordered Donald Trump to stop using his band’s song “Livin’ on the Edge” at campaign rallies.
The musician’s attorneys have sent a cease and desist letter to the president which notes that two previous cease and desist letters were sent to him in 2015, when Aerosmith’s music was used without permission. of the group during his presidential campaign.
At the time, Mr Trump tweeted: “Even though I have the legal right to use Steven Tyler’s song, he asked me not to. Have a better one to take his place!
Another tweet added: “Steven Tyler got more publicity on his song request than he’s had in ten years. Good for him!”
“It’s not about Democrats versus Republicans,” Tyler said in a statement, referring to the latest cease and desist letter.
“I don’t let anyone use my songs without my permission. My music is for causes, not for campaigns or political rallies. Protection of copyrights and songwriters is what I fought for even before the current administration took office.
“That’s one of the reasons Joe and I pushed the Senate to pass the Music Modernization Act. NO is a full sentence.
The letter reads: “As we have made clear on several occasions, Mr. Trump creates the false impression that our client has given consent for the use of his music, and even that he endorses the presidency of Mr Trump.
“By using ‘Livin’ On The Edge’ without our client’s permission, Mr. Trump falsely implies that our client is once again endorsing his campaign and/or his presidency, as evidenced by the actual confusion seen by the reactions from our client’s fans all over social media.”
The cease and desist letter requires confirmation of compliance in the form of a letter “within twenty-four (24) hours” of receipt.
It comes in a disastrous week for the president, after his former campaign manager Paul Manafort was convicted of a series of crimes, hours before his former lawyer, Michael Cohen, was convicted. pleaded guilty to eight counts, including campaign finance violations he said he committed in coordination with Mr. Trump.
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