Linkin Park Issue Cease And Desist Order To Donald Trump Over Music Use
Linkin Park have issued a cease and desist order to Donald Trump over the use of their song 'In the End'.
The rock group took to Twitter after the president shared a campaign-style video featuring the 2001 track, which had been tweeted by Dan Scavino, the White House social media director.
A spokesperson for the band said they had not given permission for the President or his campaign team to use their material.
The band's tweet said: "Linkin Park did not and does not endorse Trump, nor authorise his organisation to use any of our music. A cease and desist has been issued."
Linkin Park did not and does not endorse Trump, nor authorize his organization to use any of our music. A cease and desist has been issued.
- LINKIN PARK (@linkinpark) July 19, 2020
A spokesperson for Twitter told The Guardian that the social media site takes copyright claims very seriously.
The statement said: "We respond to valid copyright complaints sent to us by a copyright owner or their authorised representatives."
Subsequently, the clip was disabled by Twitter, with the video replaced by a message which reads: "This media has been disabled in response to a report by the copyright owner."
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The band's late frontman Chester Bennington was an outspoken critic of Trump.
In a tweet in 2017, he said: "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."
Linkin Park are not the only musicians to have taken issue with the Trump campaign's use of their material. Back in June, veteran rockers The Rolling Stones threatened the US President with legal action over his use of their song 'You Can't Always Get What You Want' in his campaign.
The band also complained during Trump's 2016 campaign about his use of their music to fire up crowds at his rallies.
Meanwhile, the family of Tom Petty also hit the President with a cease-and-desist order after he played the late singer's 1989 hit 'I Won't Back Down' during a controversial rally in Tulsa, Oklahoma.
The statement read: "Trump was in no way authorised to use this song to further a campaign that leaves too many Americans and common sense behind.
"Both the late Tom Petty and his family firmly stand against racism and discrimination of any kind. Tom Petty would never want a song of his to be used in a campaign of hate. He liked to bring people together."
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