Neil Young drops copyright lawsuit against Donald Trump

Musician filed the complaint in August, singling out songs ‘Rockin’ In the Free World’ and ‘Devil’s Sidewalk’

Clémence Michallon
New York City
Tuesday 08 December 2020 17:42
Comments
Neil Young performs at a benefit on 14 September 2019 in Lake Hughes, California
Neil Young performs at a benefit on 14 September 2019 in Lake Hughes, California

Neil Young has dropped his copyright lawsuit against Donald Trump.

The musician willingly withdrew the complaint on Monday, court records show.

He had filed it in August this year against the Trump campaign, alleging that his songs “Rockin’ In the Free World” and “Devil’s Sidewalk” had been used “numerous times at [Trump] rallies and political events for the entertainment and amusement of those attending those rallies and political events”.

“This complaint is not intended to disrespect the rights and opinions of American citizens, who are free to support the candidate of their choosing,” the complaint read in part. “However, [Young] in good conscience cannot allow his music to be used as a ‘theme song’ for a divisive, un-American campaign of ignorance and hate.”

Court documents filed on Monday in New York City show that the suit was voluntarily dismissed by Young with prejudice, meaning another complaint cannot be brought on the same grounds.

It wasn’t immediately clear whether the case was settled. The Independent has contacted Young’s and Trump’s attorneys for more information.

Young, a native of Canada and naturalised American citizen, has been an outspoken critic of Trump.

In a searing open letter shared on his website in February, the artist referred to the US president as “a  disgrace to my country”.

Additional reporting by Reuters

Register for free to continue reading

Registration is a free and easy way to support our truly independent journalism

By registering, you will also enjoy limited access to Premium articles, exclusive newsletters, commenting, and virtual events with our leading journalists

Please enter a valid email
Please enter a valid email
Must be at least 6 characters, include an upper and lower case character and a number
Must be at least 6 characters, include an upper and lower case character and a number
Must be at least 6 characters, include an upper and lower case character and a number
Please enter your first name
Special characters aren’t allowed
Please enter a name between 1 and 40 characters
Please enter your last name
Special characters aren’t allowed
Please enter a name between 1 and 40 characters
You must be over 18 years old to register
You must be over 18 years old to register
Opt-out-policy
You can opt-out at any time by signing in to your account to manage your preferences. Each email has a link to unsubscribe.

By clicking ‘Create my account’ you confirm that your data has been entered correctly and you have read and agree to our Terms of use, Cookie policy and Privacy notice.

This site is protected by reCAPTCHA and the Google Privacy policy and Terms of service apply.

Already have an account? sign in

By clicking ‘Register’ you confirm that your data has been entered correctly and you have read and agree to our Terms of use, Cookie policy and Privacy notice.

This site is protected by reCAPTCHA and the Google Privacy policy and Terms of service apply.

Register for free to continue reading

Registration is a free and easy way to support our truly independent journalism

By registering, you will also enjoy limited access to Premium articles, exclusive newsletters, commenting, and virtual events with our leading journalists

Already have an account? sign in

By clicking ‘Register’ you confirm that your data has been entered correctly and you have read and agree to our Terms of use, Cookie policy and Privacy notice.

This site is protected by reCAPTCHA and the Google Privacy policy and Terms of service apply.

Join our new commenting forum

Join thought-provoking conversations, follow other Independent readers and see their replies

Comments

Thank you for registering

Please refresh the page or navigate to another page on the site to be automatically logged inPlease refresh your browser to be logged in