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New York: Rock singer Neil Young filed a lawsuit against US President Donald Trump’s campaign on Tuesday, accusing her of violating property rights to use his songs without permission.
In a complaint filed with the US District Court in Manhattan, Young objected to the use of the song “Rockin ‘in the Free World” and “The Devils Sidewalk” several times at political conferences and events, including an election conference in Tulsa, Oklahoma, on June 20.
Young said he had complained about Trump’s use of his songs since 2015 and that the campaign had ignored him “on purpose” despite not having a license. Young also objected when Trump used his melody during his visit to Mount Rushmore on July 3.
Young’s lawyers said in the complaint: “This campaign did not intentionally disrespect the rights and opinions of US citizens, who are free to support the candidate of their choice.”
“However, the prosecutor with a clear conscience cannot allow his music to be used as a major melody in a divisive, non-American campaign of ignorance and hatred.”
Trump’s campaign did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
Young is demanding compensation of up to $ 150,000 for each copyright violation.