The U.S. President Donald Trump has landed himself in trouble yet again. The president’s officials will be taken to court—the reason is nothing but his campaign.
Reggae great Eddy Grant is taking U.S. leader’s re-election campaign officials to court over the unauthorised use of his hit Electric Avenue.
The I Don’t Wanna Dance singer’s 1983 tune soundtracks an animated ad featuring a speeding train with the words “Trump-Pence” printed on the side. A cartoon version of the White House challenger Joe Biden trails behind, zipping through an empty town.
Donald Trump posted the commercial without a caption on Twitter around mid-august this year. This prompted the legal representatives for Grant to immediately fire off a cease-and-desist notice to have the ad taken down.
The U.S President and his team seem to have ignored this notice as the post continues to remain online. Hence the musician’s attorney, Brian Caplan filed suit in New York.
According to reports in Billboard, Grant said that “You need to get a synchronisation license when you sync music to video. This is copyright 101. You need to have a license, and nobody in his campaign with a straight face could say he has the absolute right to do this.”
Caplan notes the Guyanese-British star owned the master recording for Electric Avenue and was never even approached about the ad. Now he is demanding a jury trial for the return of profits, payment for licensing fees, and statutory damages, as well as the removal of the video and permanent injunction against future use.
“Eddy stands for peace and justice, and this ad is not consistent with the ideals Eddy has stood for and sung about for years,” Caplan adds.
Apparently, Eddy Grant isn’t the first artist to take Donald Trump campaign chief to court. Rocker Neil Young filed a suit in August after objecting to having his music played at his rallies.
As you read this, we are awaiting the response of Trump‘s representative on this.