After Trump uses Aerosmith song at rally, the band says ‘Dream On’ and takes legal action

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After Trump uses Aerosmith song at rally, the band says ‘Dream On’ and takes legal action

 

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Harmony Gerber / Flickr

Donald Trump’s had a hard time finding music to play at his rallies. Everyone from the Rolling Stones, George Harrison, and Adele have told him he needs to cease and desist using their music. It makes sense since very few people want to have their names or creations tied to fascism in the history books. Add Aerosmith to that list. Frontman Steven Tyler—reportedly furious that Trump’s team of Stepford citizens decided to use the 1993 hit “Livin’ on the Edge” during Trump’s delusional West Virginia appearance Tuesday night—has sent out a cease and desist letter.

Citing the Lanham Act, which prohibits “any false designation or misleading description or representation of fact … likely to cause confusion … as to the affiliation, connection, or association of such person with another person,” Tyler’s attorney contends that playing an Aerosmith song in a public arena gives the false impression that Tyler is endorsing Trump’s presidency.

This is the second time Aerosmith has had to tell Trump’s people to stop infringing on their copyright, having had a similar legal interaction with Trump’s 2015 campaign’s use of “Dream On.” A message to Trump supporters: you may like the music and the bands, but most of your favorite artists can’t stand you.

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