Trump used the band’s 1993 single ‘Livin’ On The Edge’ at a rally at the Charleston Civic Center in West Virginia last night (August 21). The song played as his supporters entered the venue.
Tyler has now sent the President a cease-and-desist letter through his attorney, Dina LaPolt, accusing Trump of willful infringement.
The scene in WV before Trump’s rally. Aerosmith’s “Livin’ on the edge” playing. pic.twitter.com/HW1qr9TBgE
— Jim Acosta (@Acosta) August 21, 2018
According to Variety, the letter read: “It has come to our attention that President Donald J. Trump and/or The Trump Organisation (collectively, “Mr. Trump”) have been using our client’s song ‘Livin’ On The Edge’ in connection with political rally events (“the Rallies”), including at an event held yesterday at the Charleston Civic Center in Charleston, West Virginia on August 21, 2018. As expressly outlined in the Previous Letters, Mr. Trump does not have our client’s permission to use any of our client’s music, including ‘Livin’ On The Edge’.
“What makes this violation even more egregious is that Mr. Trump’s use of our client’s music was previously shut down, not once, but two times, during his campaign for presidency in 2015. Please see the Previous Letters sent on behalf of our client attached here as Exhibit A. Due to your receipt of the Previous Letters, such conduct is clearly willful, subjecting Mr. Trump to the maximum penalty under the law.”
It continued: “As we have made clear numerous times, Mr. Trump is creating the false impression that our client has given his consent for the use of his music, and even that he endorses the presidency of Mr. Trump. By using “Livin’ On The Edge” without our client’s permission, Mr. Trump is falsely implying that our client, once again, endorses his campaign and/or his presidency, as evidenced by actual confusion seen from the reactions of our client’s fans all over social media.”
Aerosmith previously sent Trump a cease-and-desist letter in 2015 after he used their song ‘Dream On’ at events during his presidential campaign. “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,” it read.
The band aren’t the only ones to have refused to let the President use their music. In 2016, Trump used The Rolling Stones‘ ‘You Can’t Always Get What You Want’ and ‘Start Me Up’ during rallies, prompting the group to issue a statement saying they had not granted him permission to do so.