musicians demand permission from politicians who use their songs during political campaigns
Musical artists in the United States claim that being unwittingly drawn into politics through rallies can compromise their personal values, while disappointing and alienating fans… at an economic cost.
While political rallies often use music to entertain crowds for the duration of speeches, the practice has often not benefited the artists whose music is performed.
Besides musicians who are organized for a rally, some play their music through loudspeakers, often without their knowledge, giving the impression that they are supporting the political party or the person running for office.
So love Mick Jagger, Lorde, Sia and Blondie, Rihanna, Adele, The Rolling Stones, P anic! At The Disco and the late prince's estate are among the artists asking US politicians to seek permission before playing their songs at rallies, otherwise legal action would be taken.
They are among more than 50 artists who have signed an open letter calling for new rules on the use of their music.
Technically, U.S. copyright laws give politicians carte blanche (complete freedom) to use recorded music at their gatherings - provided the venue has a public performance license issued by an association of songwriters such as ASCAP or BMI.
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