John Fogerty has once again spoken out against Donald Trump’s use of “Lucky Son” at his campaign events and issued a termination and desist letter demanding that the president’s campaign refrain from doing so in the future.
“I protest that the President is using my song ‘Lucky Son’ in any way for his campaign,” the former Creedence Clearwater Revival singer wrote in a Tweet. “He uses my words and my voice to convey a message that I do not support.”
̵1; John Fogerty (@John_Fogerty) October 16, 2020
“That is why I am issuing an order to ‘cease and desist’,” he continued. “I wrote this song because, as a veteran, I was disgusted that some people were allowed to be excluded from serving our country because they had access to political and economic privilege. I also wrote about wealthy people who do not pay their fair share of the tax. Mr. Trump is a good example of both of these issues. The fact that Mr. Trump is also joining the flames of hatred, racism and fear as he rewrites recent history is even more cause for concern about his use of my song. ”
In cessation and waiver letter, obtained by Rolling stones, a lawyer for the Fogerty Trump campaign said that the use of “Lucky Son” at presidential rallies and events “is likely to cause confusion, error and deceive the public as to the affiliation, connection, sponsorship or association of President Trump by or with John Fogerty. ”The letter claimed that the use of the song constituted” trademark infringement, unfair competition, false designation of origin and false description “in violation of U.S. Code.
It continues: “We therefore demand of you quickly refrain from playing ‘Lucky’ son or any other song written by or associated with John Fogerty at political campaign meetings or events and notify us immediately that the requirement is met. This case is of great importance to our client and we look forward to your prompt action. ”
This topic first flared up in September when Trump played “Lucky Son” as he stepped out of Air Force One just before a meeting in Freeland, Michigan. “It’s a song I could have written now,” Fogerty said at the time. “And then I find it confusing, I would say the president has chosen to use my song for his political gatherings when in fact it seems like he’s probably the lucky son.”
Fogerty is far from the first artist to oppose Trump using their music for a campaign event. In recent years, everyone from Aerosmith to Elton John, Guns N ‘Roses, Neil Young, Phil Collins and Leonard Cohn’s estates have asked music to stop using their songs at rallies. Some have even filed lawsuits, but copyright and licensing issues surrounding this practice are complicated, and issues are unlikely to be resolved until long after the election is over.