Rolling Stones stars Mick Jagger and Keith Richards, Aerosmith rockers Steven Tyler and Joe Perry, and other musicians are demanding political leaders look for approval from artists prior to playing their songs at campaign rallies.
An open letter launched by the artists needs significant U.S. political party committees “establish clear policies requiring campaigns to seek the consent of featured recording artists, songwriters and copyright owners before publicly using their music in a political or campaign setting”.
“As artists, activists and citizens, we ask you to pledge that all candidates you support will seek consent from featured recording artists and songwriters before using their music in campaign and political settings,” it checks out.
“This is the only way to effectively protect your candidates from legal risk, unnecessary public controversy and the moral quagmire that comes from falsely claiming or implying an artist’s support or distorting an artists’ (sic) expression in such a high stakes public way.”
Sia, Regina Spektor, R.E.M, Lorde, Blondie, Elvis Costello, Sheryl Crow, Rosanne Money, Lionel Richie, Pearl Jam, and Green Day are amongst those who have actually likewise signed the note, which follows many complaints from artists over present U.S. leader Donald Trump’s usage of theirmusic
R.E.M., Pharrell Williams, Rihanna, Weapons N’ Roses, Neil Young and Tom Petty’s estate have actually all threatened legal action versus Trump for playing their songs on his campaign path.