Aerosmith’s Steven Tyler writes essay on copyright targeting political change

The band recently refused to let Donald Trump use their music, despite considering him a friend

Aerosmith frontman Steven Tyler has written an essay addressing politicians on copyright issues facing musicians, following his band’s recent refusal to allow Donald Trump to use their music.

Writing for Huffington Post, Tyler argues that “We need change. Songwriters, producers and artists can’t survive on what they are being paid.”

“The laws need to change,” he continues. “We have so many laws in America that control how we get paid for our music. Seventy-five percent of songwriters’ income in the U.S. is regulated by the government? Too much government intervention in art and music is a bad thing.”

Addressing his previous letter to the Trump campaign, Tyler adds:

“This week, I sent a letter to Donald Trump’s campaign asking them not to use my music at political rallies. My intent was not to make a political statement, but to make one about the rights of my fellow music creators. But I’ve been singing this song for a while now.”


The Aerosmith track that Trump had been using was ‘Dream On’, as background music at a couple of different political rallies.

A representative of the band told Hollywood Reporter:

“Trump for President does not have our client’s permission to use ‘Dream On’ or any of our client’s other music in connection with the Campaign because it gives the false impression that he is connected with or endorses Mr. Trump’s presidential bid.”

“We are unaware of any public performance license granting Trump for President the right to perform ‘Dream On’ in connection with the Campaign. If Trump for President has any such license, please forward it to our attention immediately”.

Tyler also recently revealed some of the material from his country-leaning solo album for the first time. You can listen here.