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Neil Young is suing Donald Trump over use of his music at campaign rallies
Neil Young in 2011
Neil Young in 2011 Credit: Ross from hamilton on, Canada / Wikimedia Commons (Creative Commons Attribution 2.0)

Neil Young has filed a claim in US federal court in the Southern District of New York against Donald Trump for copyright infringement over the use of his music at Trump's campaign rallies, which the artist refers to as a "campaign of ignorance and hate". The lawsuit further names two songs specifically: "Rockin' In The Free World" and "Devil's Sidewalk" that both have been used "numerous times at rallies and political events for the entertainment and amusement of those attending those rallies and political events."

"This complaint is not intended to disrespect the rights and opinions of American citizens, who are free to support the candidate of their choosing. However, [Young] in good conscience cannot allow his music to be used as a ‘theme song’ for a divisive, un-American campaign of ignorance and hate," so the complaint.

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The Rolling Stones threaten Trump with legal action for unauthorised use of their music
The Rolling Stones live in concert in Paris, 2017
The Rolling Stones live in concert in Paris, 2017 Credit: Raph_PH / CC BY (Creative Commons Attribution 2.0)

The Rolling Stones have released a statement on Saturday, that the band are taking "further steps to exclude him using their songs at any of his future political campaigning". The Trump campaign previously used the Stones' song "You Can't Always Get What You Want" during their 2016 campaign, and again at last week's Tulsa Rally despite "cease & desist directives to Donald Trump in the past."

The band said they were working with the giant performing rights organization BMI and have notified the Trump campaign " that the unauthorized use of their songs will constitute a breach of its licensing agreement." According to BMI, there hasn't been a response from the Trump campaign yet.