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Village People Have Spoken Out About Donald Trump's Final Use Of YMCA As President

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Village People Have Spoken Out About Donald Trump's Final Use Of YMCA As President

The Village People have spoken out after Donald Trump once again used their classic hit YMCA as he left Washington ahead of Joe Biden's inauguration.

Trump regularly featured the YMCA at rallies and speeches he gave during his presidency - he even posted a little montage of himself dancing along to it on his Twitter; before he got booted off the site for good, of course.

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The band have previously said they do not support the former US president using their song and have now said they hope this brings an end to the 'abusive' use of the track.

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Speaking to TMZ, the band said: "We asked him to cease and desist long ago. However, since he's a bully, our request was ignored."

The group added: "Thankfully he's now out of office, so it would seem his abusive use of our music has finally ended.

"We hope to spearhead a change in copyright law that will give artists and publishers more control over who can and cannot use our music in the public space.

"Currently there is no limit to blanket licensing."

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Back in November, record label Scorpio Music, one of the rights holders to the song, threatened Trump with legal action after using the track at rallies.

Lawyer Richard Malka told Agence France-Presse the Paris-based record label had 'discovered with amazement this misappropriation'.

He added: "Moreover for partisan and electoral purposes for the benefit of Donald Trump, which they would never have accepted."

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Before saying the allegedly unauthorised use of the song 'constitutes outright theft of the property of others'.

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While in June, Village People singer Victor Willis took to Facebook to condemn Trump and ask him to stop using the song.

Sharing a New York Post article, Willis wrote: "I ask that you no longer use any of my music at your rallies especially 'YMCA' and 'Macho Man'.

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"Sorry, but I can no longer look the other way."

He previously told the BBC: "Donald Trump does what Donald Trump does.

"I've never seen him actually put his hands up and make the YMCA.

"He's changed it to M-A-G-A or something."

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Topics: Music, Donald Trump, Politics

Claire Reid
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