Political candidates keep getting creamed for using songs w/o permission

Source: In Choreographed Campaigns, Candidates Stumble Over Choice of Music – The New York Times

It has become as much a part of the presidential campaign season as the baby kiss or the candidate selfie: the inevitable moment when a musician denounces a politician for using his or her song without permission.

It happened in January, when the punk band Dropkick Murphys asked Gov. Scott Walker of Wisconsin to stop using its music. It happened last month, when R.E.M. made an expletive-laden complaint about Donald J. Trump using “It’s the End of the World as We Know It (And I Feel Fine).” And it happened over the weekend, when Steven Tyler of Aerosmith demanded that Mr. Trump stop using his band’s 1973 hit “Dream On” at campaign events.

“If Trump for President does not comply with our demands,” a lawyer for Mr. Tyler wrote to the campaign on Saturday, “our client will be forced to pursue any and all legal or equitable remedies which our client may have against you.”

You’d think this would be easy compliance, wouldn’t you? And indeed…

Mr. Tyler and Mr. Trump have since spoken, and Mr. Trump agreed not to play the song at his events, Dina LaPolt, Mr. Tyler’s lawyer, said.

How sweet. But this is Trump, so…

But then on Monday, Mr. Trump walked out to the song once again, at an event in Manchester, N.H., according to CNN.

Anyhoo, in lieu of a photo of Trump, here’s a nice photo of potential plaintiff Steven Tyler, courtesy AP:

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