As of final evening, Rihanna is simply the newest musician to publicly rebuke President Donald Trump for utilizing her music (particularly, “Don’t Stop The Music”) to get the gang hyped at his Sunday rally in Chattanooga, Tennessee. Now, RiRi’s taking her complaints proper to the highest. According to Rolling Stone, the Fenty Beauty mogul reportedly issued a stop and desist to the Trump White House on Monday. “It has come to our consideration that President Trump has utilized Rihanna’s musical compositions and grasp recordings, together with her hit observe ‘Don’t Stop the Music,’ in reference to quite a few political occasions held throughout the United States,” her authorized workforce stated partially. “As you’re or must be conscious, Ms. Fenty has not offered her consent to Mr. Trump to make use of her music. Such use is subsequently improper.”
The letter continues, “Trump’s unauthorized use of Ms. Fenty’s music… creates a misunderstanding that Ms. Fenty is affiliated with, linked to or in any other case related to Trump.” However, the query for Rihanna and her fellow performers stays: can they really cease the President from utilizing their songs to get his supporters amped up? To put it merely: perhaps, perhaps not.
As The Washington Post laid out on Monday, Trump ought to ask permission to make use of Rihanna’s music, however he doesn’t essentially have to take action. If Trump was, say, utilizing Rihanna’s music in a radio or TV advert, or particularly as his marketing campaign theme in a promotional sense, she might try to tug that track’s license. However, if the track is merely background social gathering music at a Trump occasion, the music is doubtlessly lined beneath the venue’s blanket efficiency license. Rihanna can all the time attempt to take Trump to court docket if want be or hope that the President merely stops taking part in her music now that she’s voiced her distaste, like he did for Neil Young again in 2015. Or, and this appears almost definitely, these two can duke it out on Twitter on midterm election day, simply because that might take advantage of sense for our nationwide trajectory.