Eddy Grant pictured in 2008. (Dan Kitwood / Getty Pictures)
Twitter took down a video President Trump tweeted final month that featured Eddy Grant’s music “Electric Avenue” after receiving a copyright criticism, a Twitter spokesperson confirmed to TheWrap on Tuesday.
The takedown comes on the identical day that Grant sued the Trump marketing campaign for unauthorized use of his music, which was used because the soundtrack for a clip of a practice shifting rapidly (representing the Trump marketing campaign) whereas a operated by hand car (representing the Biden marketing campaign) lags behind.
In keeping with the copyright criticism, which was logged on the Lumen database, the DMCA takedown was despatched to Twitter on Aug. 13 from Sony/ATV Music Publishing.
Representatives for the Trump marketing campaign didn’t instantly reply to TheWrap’s request for remark.
Final week, the property of the late songwriter Leonard Cohen threatened authorized motion towards the RNC for taking part in Cohen’s “Hallelujah” twice on the ultimate day of the conference, even after the property “specifically declined the RNC’s use request.” And in July, nearly 60 artists — together with Fall Out Boy, Mick Jagger, Lorde, Lionel Richie and Courtney Love — signed an open letter demanding that political campaigns and committees get consent from artists earlier than utilizing their music at marketing campaign occasions.
“Being dragged unwillingly into politics in this way can compromise an artist’s personal values while disappointing and alienating fans — with great moral and economic cost. For artists that do choose to engage politically in campaigns or other contexts, this kind of unauthorized public use confuses their message and undermines their effectiveness,” the letter mentioned. “Like all other citizens, artists have the fundamental right to control their work and make free choices regarding their political expression and participation. Using their work for political purposes without their consent fundamentally breaches those rights – an invasion of the most hallowed, even sacred personal interests.”
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