Election campaign u.s.: no music without permission, ask of the stars

Campagne électorale américaine: pas de musique sans autorisation, demandent des vedettes

NEW YORK | the music star claim solemnly that the candidates the republicans and democrats in the american elections require an authorization before using their songs at rallies of the campaign, in an open letter published Tuesday.

Many artists have complained since the presidential campaign, previous, some of their titles were played during public meetings of Donald Trump.

Ask the permission of the performers and of authors “is the only way to protect your candidates from a legal risk, a controversy unnecessary, or a quagmire of moral”, argue the authors of the letter addressed to the main bodies of the parties democrat and republican.

Among them are the Rolling Stones, who still have at the end of June threatened Donald Trump to sue if his campaign team continued to use the song You Can’t Always Get What You Want at its public meetings.

“The problem is not new, or is linked to a political party” and arises again during each election campaign, remind the authors, in which the group Pearl Jam, the singers Sia and Lorde or the group R. E. M.

“Be led involuntarily in a policy this way may go against the personal values of an artist in disappointing or irritating his admirers”, insist the artists gathered under the banner of the Artists Rights Alliance, an association defending the rights of artists.

The authors claim that the texts of law, and their spirit would allow them to sue the offender with a chance of success.

In addition to the Rolling Stones, the heirs of Prince, but also Adele, Neil Young, R. E. M., Pharell Williams, Rihanna, Aerosmith, or Queen, too, have denounced the use of their works during rallies republicans.

American policymakers can obtain licenses from societies of authors ‘ rights (such as Ascap) waiver request explicit permission to the singers or groups concerned.

The u.s. law provides the opportunity for an artist to ask that his music not be used in arguing that the leaders of the campaigns suggest “the wrong way that the artist (…) supports the candidate”, according to the american association of the record industry (RIAA).

The american justice has not yet been called upon to decide the question since the beginning of the campaign of Donald Trump in 2015.

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