Steven Tyler has spoken out after having a cease and desist letter sent to the White House , demanding that Aerosmith songs no longer be used at Trump rallies. He sent out two tweets in which he claimed that the move was not anti-Trump, but rather anti-music theft.
In the first tweet he said, "This is not about Dems vs. Repub. I do not let anyone use my songs without my permission. My music is for causes, not for political campaigns or rallies. Protecting copyright and songwriters is what I've been fighting for even before this current administration took office."
THIS IS NOT ABOUT DEMS VS. REPUB. I DO NOT LET ANYONE USE MY SONGS WITHOUT MY PERMISSION. MY MUSIC IS FOR CAUSES NOT FOR POLITICAL CAMPAIGNS OR RALLIES. PROTECTING COPYRIGHT AND SONGWRITERS IS WHAT I’VE BEEN FIGHTING FOR EVEN BEFORE THIS CURRENT ADMINISTRATION TOOK OFFICE.— Steven Tyler (@IamStevenT) August 22, 2018
In the second, he claimed that this sort of situation is why he has advocated for the passing of the Music Modernization Act. "This is one of the reasons why Aerosmith guitarist Joe Perry and I have been pushing the senate to pass the Music Modernization Act," he wrote in a second tweet.
THIS IS ONE OF THE REASONS WHY @JOEPERRY AND I HAVE BEEN PUSHING THE SENATE TO PASS THE MUSIC MODERNIZATION ACT.— Steven Tyler (@IamStevenT) August 22, 2018
NO IS A COMPLETE SENTENCE.
This follows the 2015 case of Tyler sending a cease and desist letter to Trump after his use of Aerosmith's song "Dream On" during his campaign for Presidency. According to Variety, Tyler and his team were successful in having the song pulled. They are now doubling down on Trump, clarifying that "Mr. Trump needs our client’s express written permission in order to use his music." Tyler and his bandmates in Aerosmith have been in the news cycle consistently as of late, from announcing their Las Vegas residency and performing at the VMAs with rapper Post Malone , to Tyler rejecting an overzealous, selfie-taking fan . Via Loudwire