The Rolling Stones have a ‘nervous breakdown’ over Donald Trump–ask him to ‘cease immediately’ using their songs

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The Rolling Stones “Can’t Get No Satisfaction” since presumptive Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump, an avid music fan, began playing the group’s songs at his campaign events.

The Stones released a statement last week saying that permission was never given to play their songs at rallies, and they “have requested that they cease all use immediately.”

Trump campaign staff play a wide range of music at their events, ranging from classic rock and roll like the Stones, to pop and even opera.

Other artists who have asked Trump to stop using their material to fire up crowds include Adele, Aerosmith’s Steven Tyler and Neil Young — who objected to Trump playing “Rockin’ in the Free World.”

In each of those instances the candidate complied with the artists’ requests.

The Guardian reported:

Political campaigns don’t need artists’ permission to play their songs at rallies as long as the political organization or the venue has gotten what’s known as a blanket license from the performing rights organizations Ascap and BMI for all the music in the licensing group’s repertoire.

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


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