Neil Percival Young OC OM is a Canadian-American singer-songwriter and activist. After embarking on a music career in the 1960s, he moved to Los Angeles, joining Buffalo Springfield with Stephen Stills, Richie Furay and others.
Neil Young has sued Donald Trump’s reelection campaign for playing his song during his political events and rallies without his authorisation. Reports has it that Donald Trump’s reelection campaign team repeatedly played Neil’s songs “Devil’s Sidewalk” and “Rockin in the Free World” without seeking proper authorization which is according to court documents filed by Neil’s lawyers.
According to the court documents, Neil’s songs were played at the June 20 rally in Tusla, Oklahoma, a rally that generated quite a number of criticism for taking place amidst having increasing numbers of coronavirus cases.
Report has it that Neil is seeking as much as $150,000 per each copyright infringement and guess what, he is also asking Donald Trump’s campaign team never to play his songs again.
This is what Neil’s lawyers had to say; “This complaint is not intended to disrespect the rights and opinions on American citizens, who are free to support the candidate of their choosing, however, plaintiff in good conscience cannot allow his music to be used as a “theme song” for a divisive, un-American campaign of ignorance and hate.