Linkin Park send cease and desist to Trump campaign over music usage
It looks like the Trump campaign is in hot water again over unauthorized music use. Back in June, Panic! At The Disco spoke out after "High Hopes" was played at a recent Trump rally. Now, Linkin Park are sending a cease and desist letter to the Trump campaign over unauthorized music use.
Over the weekend, Donald Trump retweeted a campaign video that featured a cover of "In The End."
On Saturday, Trump retweeted a campaign video that featured a cover rendition of "In The End." The cover was performed by Tommee Profitt featuring Fleurie and Jung Youth. The video was first shared by White House social media director Dan Scavino and then retweeted by the president.
Following Trump's retweet, Linkin Park took to Twitter to share their plans to take action against the unauthorized music usage. They also say they do not endorse Trump.
According to Variety, a takedown notice for the video was filed on July 18. The filing was done so by Machine Shop Entertainment, Linkin Park's business and management company. In the notice, they formally request that removal of the video under the U.S.’s Digital Millennium Copyright Act law.
Mike Shinoda has been outspoken about the president in the past. In an interview with Angry Americans, he expressed his feelings about raising his kids during the Trump presidency.
“I repeat….. Trump is a greater threat to the USA than terrorism!! We have to take back our voices and stand for what we believe in," he said.
Jung Youth also released a statement regarding his "In The End" cover being used in the Trump video.
As well, other artists including Rihanna, the Rolling Stones, Adele and Elton John are among those that have objected to Trump’s use of their music in the past. Some have even threatened legal action. Nickelback had their song “Photograph” removed from a Joe Biden meme video that Trump shared on social media.
In 2019, Queen forced the removal of “We Will Rock You” from a video clip Trump tweeted. According to a rep, Queen’s music publisher had the song removed after it was used without prior authorization.
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