Rolling Stones Working With BMI to Stop Trump’s Use of ‘You Can’t Always Get What You Want’ at Rallies


For years, it has appeared as if Donald Trump can all the time get what he desires, at least when it comes to utilizing traditional rock and pop hits at his marketing campaign rallies towards the needs of the unique artists. But the Rolling Stones, who’ve tried for years to maintain the president from appropriating “You Can’t Always Get What You Want” as his walk-off music, haven’t thrown within the towel.

On Saturday, the group despatched out a press release saying it’s enlisting BMI, the performing rights group that oversees public use of the track, of their quest to maintain the monitor from getting used for politically partisan functions. And the band says there’ll be a lawsuit if the president continues utilizing the track with out a license.

“This could be the last time President Donald Trump uses Stones songs,” reads the headline to a launch despatched out by the Stones’ reps. The assertion reads, partly: “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.”

As these disputes have arisen, at concern is whether or not a track’s use in a marketing campaign rally is roofed by a blanket license held by the host venue for all efficiency functions. BMI is becoming a member of the Stones in contending that the Trump marketing campaign is topic to a license particularly established for political makes use of, which permits songwriters to object to and withhold use.

Jodie Thomas, BMI’s govt director of company communications, clarified the performing rights org’s place for Variety Saturday after the Stones’ assertion was launched.

“BMI’s Political Entities License was implemented about ten years ago to cover political campaigns,” Thomas says. “Since many political events and rallies are often held at places that don’t typically require a music license, such as airport hangars or community fields, a Political Entities License ensures that wherever the campaign stops, it is in compliance with copyright law. A venue license was never intended to cover political campaigns. So if a campaign attempts to rely on a venue license to cover its music use, there’s risk involved.”

Continued Thomas, “BMI licenses political campaigns and events through its Political Entities or Organizations License, which clearly states that a campaign cannot rely on a venue license to authorize its performance of an excluded work. Therefore, a political campaign cannot and should not try to circumvent BMI’s withdrawal of musical works under its Political Entities License by attempting to rely on another license.”

News of the Stones and BMI working collectively on the difficulty was first reported by Deadline.

In a press release launched earlier to Variety and Deadline, BMI stated: “The Trump campaign has a Political Entities License which authorizes the public performance of more than 15 million musical works in BMI’s repertoire wherever campaign events occur. There is a provision, however, that allows BMI to exclude musical works from the license if a songwriter or publisher objects to its use by a campaign. BMI has received such an objection and sent a letter notifying the Trump campaign that the Rolling Stones’ works have been removed from the campaign license, and advising the campaign that any future use of these musical compositions will be in breach of its license agreement with BMI.”

News of the Stones taking on the struggle to have their track excluded from marketing campaign appearances follows on the heels of the Tom Petty household uniting final weekend to launch a press release objecting to “I Won’t Back Down” at the president’s contentious marketing campaign rally in Tulsa. Brendon Urie quickly adopted with a strongly worded assertion condemning Trump’s use of the Panic! at the Disco track “High Hopes” at the identical rally. The lengthy record of musicians who’ve beforehand publicly objected to Trump marketing campaign track use contains Neil Young and R.E.M.’s Michael Stipe.

Left unaddressed, because it has been since Trump started utilizing “You Can’t Always Get What You Want” at the tip of his marketing campaign speeches in 2016, is what message the candidate even intends to ship with a track whose very title expresses the thought that expectations ought to be tempered.


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