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Rolling Stones threaten to sue Trump for using their song in campaign

Washington DC / Iconic rock band the Rolling Stones have warned United States President Donald Trump of legal action unless he stops using their songs in his campaign meetings.

In a statement sent out to the American press on Saturday, the group said they had handed over the matter to their legal team and were in contact with BMI, a performing rights organization, to stop the Trump campaign from unauthorized use of their songs.

The president’s campaign had used the Rolling Stones’ song “You Can’t Always Get What You Want,” in its latest rally in Tulsa, Oklahoma on June 20. They had also used it earlier in a 2016 event.

“This could be the last time President Donald Trump uses Stones songs,” said the release by the Stones’ representatives, cited widely in US media.

“Despite cease and desist directives to Donald Trump in the past, the Rolling Stones are taking further steps to exclude him (from) using their songs at any of his future political campaignings,” it added.

The group said its legal team was working with BMI, which had already notified the Trump campaign on behalf of the band that “the unauthorized use of their songs will constitute a breach of its licensing agreement.”

If the US president ignores the warning and continues to use the Stones’ content, “he would face a lawsuit for breaking the embargo and playing music that has not been licensed,” the release warned.

Following the use of their song by the 2016 Trump campaign, the Rolling Stones had tweeted that they do not endorse the Republican.

This is not the first time the US president is courting controversy over the unauthorized use of songs in his meetings without permission from the artists.

Earlier this month, the family of rock musician Tom Petty, who died of a drug overdose in 2017, sent a cease and desist letter to the Trump campaign after it used his song “I Won’t Back Down” at the same rally in Tulsa.

“Tom Petty would never want a song of his used for a campaign of hate. He liked to bring people together,” the family said in a statement published on Petty’s twitter handle

They said the president’s campaign was not authorized to use the song for a campaign that “leaves too many Americans and common sense behind.” (June 28, 2020, EFE/PracticaEspañol)

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Principalmente el texto habla...
de lo que dijo la familia de Tom Petty.
de una advertencia de los Rolling Stones a Trump.
del mitin que dio Trump en Tulsa.
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hablaron con Trump para pedirle que ponga sus canciones durante su campaña.
advirtieron a Trump para que no vuelva a utilizar sus canciones de forma no autorizada.
no sabían que Trump quería utilizar sus canciones para su campaña política.
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los Stones pondrán una demanda a Trump si sigue utilizando sus canciones sin permiso.
Trump pondrá una demanda si no puede utilizar esas canciones para su campaña.
los Stones ya han puesto una demanda a Trump por utilizar sus canciones de forma no autorizada.
Question 4
En el texto se dice que...
por ahora Trump no ha utilizado ninguna canción de los Stones para un acto político.
no es la primera vez que los Stones piden a Trump que no utilice sus canciones.
los Stones dejaron a Trump que utilice un tema suyo para la campaña de 2016.
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la familia de Tom Petty no dijo nada cuando Trump utilizó una canción suya en un mitin.
Trump utilizó sin permiso la canción de otro artista.
la familia de Tom Petty autoriza a Trump utilizar sus canciones para sus mítines.
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esta es la primera vez que Trump utiliza una canción de forma no autorizada.
Adele quiere que Trump ponga sus canciones para animar a la gente en sus mítines.
Trump utilizó la canción "Start me up" en 2016.
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