The Dropkick Murphys are fighting back against a neo-Nazi group who used one of the rock band’s songs in a video posted to social media.
The rowdy Boston rockers condemned the use of the song ‘The Boys are Back’ in a tweet, while the band’s lawyers sent a cease and desist letter to the band and the platform that took it. shared the video.
After calling them “losers”, the group wrote “Stop using our song for your little costume party video. We will SMASH you”, in response to a tweet from a man who confronted the group during the Patrick’s Day Parade in South Boston last weekend.
A dozen masked members of the group, known as NSC 131 or Nationalist Social Club, attended Sunday’s parade as spectators and held up a banner saying “Keep Boston Irish.” Their appearance was denounced by parade organizers and Mayor Michelle Wu.
The video posted on video-sharing platform Odysee documents the group’s appearance at the parade as the song featuring the chorus “The boys are back, and they’re looking for trouble.”
“DKM does not have (and never would, in a million years) license NSC 131 any right to use or exploit the recording and/or composition of the video in question or any similar video “said the cease-and-desist letter dated Tuesday from the Los Angeles-based class attorneys. The band’s publicist confirmed the authenticity of the letter to Boston.com.
He went on to say, “We will consider your immediate compliance as confirmation that you have received this letter. If, however, you do not immediately comply, my client and its designees and assignees are prepared to take any legal action they deem necessary and appropriate to protect their rights to registration and indemnification, including , without limitation, seek punitive damages for your copyright infringement. »
Odyssey in an email to The Associated Press on Friday said it complied with copyright law, and the video was reviewed and then removed.
The Anti-Defamation League says NSC 131 is a New England-based neo-Nazi group founded in 2019 that “espouses racism, anti-Semitism and intolerance” and whose “membership is a collection of neo-Nazis and racist skinheads , many of whom have antecedents”. membership in other white supremacist groups.