Rihanna is not the first artist to take legal action against Trump using music she created at his rallies.
Rihanna's legal team reportedly sent President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump pauses Missouri campaign rally after woman collapses Fox News hosts join Trump on stage at Missouri campaign rally Nate Silver in final midterm projections: "Democrats need a couple of things to go wrong" to lose the House MORE a cease-and-desist letter after one of her songs was played during the president's rally in Chattanooga, Tenn., on Sunday. "Such use is therefore improper", the letter reads.
The nine-time Grammy victor is the latest artist attempting to bar the Republican president from using her music at his events.
Pharrell Williams also sent a cease-and-desist letter to Trump to stop using his 2013 hit Happy; Prince's estate wants the President to stop playing Purple Rain; Guns N' Roses doesn't want him playing Sweet Child Of Mine; and the Rolling Stones would like him to nix their hit You Can't Always Get What You Want.
Rihanna responded by saying, "Not for much longer ... me nor my people would ever be at or around one of those tragic rallies, so thanks for the heads up philip!"
According to The American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP), venues such as convention centres, arenas and hotels normally have public performance licenses, but they often exclude music used during conventions, expositions and political rallies.
In August Aerosmith's Steven Tyler contested that situation, citing the Lanham Act, which prohibits "any false designation or misleading description or representation of fact. likely to cause confusion.as to the affiliation, connection, or association of such person with another person".
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