Linkin Park issue cease and desist warning to Donald Trump
Linkin Park are the latest high profile band to take legal action against President Donald Trump over unauthorised use of their music.
The move comes just a number of days after Trump shared a video made by the White House social media director, Dan Scavino, which featured Linkin Park song ‘In the End’.
Reacting to the move, the band took to social media to confirm their move to stop the track being used: “Linkin Park did not and does not endorse Trump, nor authorize his organization to use any of our music. A cease and desist has been issued,” the surviving members of the group said.
Following the copyright claim, the video was swiftly removed by Twitter and replaced with the following message: “This media has been disabled in response to a report by the copyright owner.”
Link Park’s dismay at Trump’s unauthorised use of their material should come as little surprise as their former leader, the late Chester Bennington, voiced his anger prior to his death: “I repeat….. Trump is a greater threat to the USA than terrorism!! We have to take back our voices and stand for what we believe in,” the singer once said.
Link Park are now part of a growing list of musicians to voice their disapproval. The threat of legal action comes just days after the family of the late Tom Petty issued a cease and desist letter to the political campaign of Donald Trump.
The move comes after Trump’s campaign used Petty song ‘I Won’t Back Down’ during a recent rally held in Tulsa, Oklahoma.
“Trump was in no way authorised to use this song to further a campaign that leaves too many Americans and common sense behind,” the Petty family said in a statement.
“Both the late Tom Petty and his family firmly stand against racism and discrimination of any kind,” they added. “Tom Petty would never want a song of his used for a campaign of hate. He liked to bring people together.”
Adding: “Tom wrote this song for the underdog, for the common man and for everyone. We want to make it clear that we believe everyone is free to vote as they like, think as they like, but the Petty family doesn’t stand for this. We believe in America and we believe in democracy. But Donald Trump is not representing the noble ideals of either.
“We would hate for fans that are marginalized by this administration to think we were complicit in this usage. Concurrently, we have issued a cease and desist notice to the Trump campaign.”