Trump tweeted the video on Aug. 12, which featured an animated prepare together with his marketing campaign brand barreling by a city whereas Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden adopted behind slowly on a railroad handcar. “Electric Avenue,” the hit 1982 music by Eddy Grant, performed within the background of the video.
The tweet, taken down on Tuesday evening, has the message “The media has been disabled in response to a report by the copyright owner.”
The takedown got here on the identical day that Grant sued the Trump marketing campaign for the unauthorized use of his music, in line with CNN. Grant’s lawyer issued a stop and desist letter to the marketing campaign the day after the president posted the video. A put up on Grant’s web site says that he’s the “sole and exclusive rightful copyright owner of the musical composition.”
“As a result of your wrongful unauthorized infringing use in connection with your controversial political campaign, substantial damage and irreparable harm has occurred and will continue to occur to my client and his reputation as an artist when affiliated in any way with your campaign,” the put up from Grant’s lawyer, Wallace E.J. Collins, reads.
Grant is the newest musician to hunt authorized motion towards the Trump marketing campaign for unauthorized use of music. Leonard Cohen’s property is “exploring legal options” after the music “Hallelujah” was performed twice throughout the Republican Nationwide Conference, after the property denied the RNC’s request.
“We are surprised and dismayed that the RNC would proceed knowing that the Cohen Estate had specifically declined the RNC’s use request, and their rather brazen attempt to politicize and exploit in such an egregious manner ‘Hallelujah,’ one of the most important songs in the Cohen song catalogue,” stated Michelle L. Rice, the Cohen property’s lawyer. “We are exploring our legal options.”