“Trump was in no way authorized to use this song to further a campaign that leaves too many Americans and common sense behind,” the family said.
“Both the late Tom Petty and his family firmly stand against racism and discrimination of any kind. Tom Petty would never want a song of his used for a campaign of hate. He liked to bring people together.”
They said that they issued a cease and desist letter over the use of the song. Petty died in 2017.
A spokesperson for the Trump campaign did not immediately return a request for comment.
The Trump campaign has faced a number of other instances where musical artists have objected to the use of their music at rallies. When Trump announced his bid for the presidency in June, 2015, Neil Young objected to his use of Rockin in the Free World. The campaign, though, said that it obtained a license through ASCAP.
Such disputes arise just about every election cycle, and one of the problems stems from the fact that campaigns or venues obtain blanket public performance licenses from ASCAP and other rights groups. But individual performers object that they were not contacted, claiming that they are false endorsements, and in certain instances they can opt out of having their works played in political settings.
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