Should politicians use music without the artists' permission? | The Tylt
Queen, the band, said they are opposed to Donald Trump using their music during the RNC.
They tweeted “An unauthorised use at the Republican Convention against our wishes - Queen.” Trump used their music to walk in before presenting his wife Melania on the first day of the RNC.
Should politicians use music against the wishes of the artist?
This isn’t the first time that a member of Queen told Donald Trump to stop using their music at rallies. Earlier this year, Brian May, wrote on his blog that it is against Queen’s policy for their music to be used at political rallies. Many of Queens fans are saying Queen and Trump simply don’t stand for the same things, and Trump should respect the wishes of the artist. This practice isn't limited to Donald Trump.
But is it illegal?
Politicians can license the music for use, and well, it’s simply not illegal to use the music against the wishes of the artist if you're paying for it. Donald Trump and the RNC have said that they paid to license the music, so therefore they're allowed to use it. Queen and other musical artists made a product and Trump bought it and then has a right to use it. Artists can't discriminate after the sale because they have different political opinions.
What do you think?
Should politicians use music without the artists' permission?
An unauthorised use at the Republican Convention against our wishes - Queen— Queen (@QueenWillRock) July 19, 2016