Aerosmith’s Steven Tyler tells Trump to stop playing the band’s music

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Washington
CNN

Aerosmith’s Steven Tyler felt sweet, and somewhat jaded, emotion when he heard President Donald Trump use his band’s song “Livin’ on the Edge” ahead of a campaign rally on Tuesday.

In a cease and desist letter sent Wednesday, Tyler asked his lawyers to tell the president he could dream if he thought he could continue using the song.

“It’s not about Democrats versus Republicans,” Tyler said in a statement Wednesday.

“I don’t let anyone use my songs without my permission. My music is for causes and not for campaigns or political rallies. Protection of copyrights and songwriters is what I fought for even before the current administration took office. This is one of the reasons Joe and I pushed the Senate to pass the Music Modernization Act. NO is a complete sentence,” he added.

The letter notes that this is not the first time Trump has used Aerosmith’s music without the band’s permission, referencing two previous cease and desist letters sent in 2015 during the presidential campaign.

“As we have made clear on numerous occasions, Mr. Trump creates the false impression that our client has given consent for the use of his music, and even endorses Mr. Trump’s presidency,” reads -on in the letter.

“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,” he continues.

Trump took on Tyler in 2015 after the musician initially demanded that the then-candidate stop playing his music.

“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!” Trump tweeted in October 2015.

He also tweeted at the time, “Steven Tyler got more publicity on his song request than he’s had in ten years. Good for him!”

Wednesday’s letter calls for confirmation of compliance in the form of a letter “within twenty-four (24) hours” of receipt of the stop and forbearance.

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