Aerosmith’s Steven Tyler Sends Donald Trump Cease-And-Desist Letter Over Using His Music
Rock band Aerosmith has been rather vocal about their distaste for seeing Donald Trump use their music at his campaign rallies. In fact, band member Steven Tyler has hit the incumbent President with a cease-and-desist letter demanding he stops playing his music at his events.
STEVEN TYLER SENDS TRUMP A CEASE-AND-DESIST LETTER
Dina LaPolt, Tyler’s lawyer, writes in the letter that Trump’s persistent usage of “Livin’ On The Edge” implies its creators endorse his rhetoric, writing, “By using ‘Livin’ On The Edge’ without our client’s permission, Mr. Trump is falsely implying that our client, once again, endorses his campaign and/or his presidency, as evidenced by actual confusion seen from the reactions of our client’s fans all over social media.”
Tyler has threatened legal action should Trump fail to comply with his request. He also took to Twitter to clarify why he wants Trump to stop using his music, explaining that this isn’t a partisan issue, it’s one of songwriters’ rights:
THIS IS NOT ABOUT DEMS VS. REPUB. I DO NOT LET ANYONE USE MY SONGS WITHOUT MY PERMISSION. MY MUSIC IS FOR CAUSES NOT FOR POLITICAL CAMPAIGNS OR RALLIES. PROTECTING COPYRIGHT AND SONGWRITERS IS WHAT I’VE BEEN FIGHTING FOR EVEN BEFORE THIS CURRENT ADMINISTRATION TOOK OFFICE.
— Steven Tyler (@IamStevenT) August 22, 2018
Politicians using artists’ music without their blessings is a recurring problem. Mitt Romney accrued complaints from Al Green, K’Naan and Silversun Pickups for playing their work during his rallies back during the 2012 presidential election. Trump has perviously utilized popular music tracks during his rallies to the ire of their artists; in fact, this isn’t even the first time Tyler sent him a cease-and-desist letter.