Dec 10, 2020

Another one bites the dust

Neil Young is a Canadian-American singer songwriter and musician who’s most famous works include “Old Man” & “The Needle and the Damage Done”.

Young first complained about Trump’s use of his music in 2015 when President Donald Trump used “Rockin in the Free World” during his Presidential election campaign in 2015/16. However, in August 2020, Young brought a claim against President Trump as once again President Trump had used Young’s songs “Rockin in a Free World” and “Devil’s Sidewalk” during a campaign rally in Tulsa. Young claimed that President Trump had done so without a performance license.
In a turn of events, Young has since voluntarily dismissed the case “with prejudice” meaning that Young can no longer bring the same claim against President Trump in the future.

Neither Young nor President Trump have made any further statements concerning the voluntary dismissal of Young’s claim. It may be that the dispute has been settled outside of court. Although another claim bites the dust, President Trump still faces the ongoing claim against Eddy Grant due to President Trump’s alleged infringing use of the song “Electric Avenue” whereby Grant claims no license was obtained.

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Posted by: Tom Staveley in: Copyright

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