US President Donald Trump has made a habit of using ‘You Can’t Always Get What You Want’ by the Rolling Stones as his walk-off music to conclude rallies, and now the iconic band are ready to take further steps to stop it from happening in the future.
As Billboard reports, the Rolling Stones have previously written cease and desist letters to the Trump campaign, but were incensed when the POTUS played the song again at his recent rally in Tusla, Oklahoma last week.
The Stones have now enlisted BMI, the publishing rights organisation that oversees public use of the song, to stop ‘You Can’t Always Get What You Want’ being used for politically partisan purposes.
“This could be the last time President Donald Trump uses Stones songs,” says the headline on the release, which also threatens legal action if Trump continues to use the song without a license.
“Despite cease & desist directives to Donald Trump in the past, the Rolling Stones are taking further steps to exclude him using their songs at any of his future political campaigning. The Stones’ legal team [is] working with BMI… BMI [has] notified the Trump campaign on behalf of the Stones that the unauthorised use of their songs will constitute a breach of its licensing agreement.
“If Donald Trump disregards the exclusion and persists, then he would face a lawsuit for breaking the embargo and playing music that has not been licensed.
“This could be the last time Trump uses any Jagger/Richards songs on his campaigns.”
Trump’s sheer disregard for intellectual rights has been clear to see as the list of artists to come out and condemn Trump’s use of their music continues to grow. Brandon Urie and the estate of Tom Petty joined the long list in recent weeks.
Rolling Stones released their first new music in eight years recently, dropping the single ‘Living In A Ghost Town’.