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Mick Jagger, Lionel Richie And Others Urge Politicians To Not Use Their Music Without Their Permission

Mick Jagger, Lionel Richie And Others Urge Politicians To Not Use Their Music Without Their Permission
July 28, 2020 - 19:24 / Amanda Stanford

Many musicians are fighting back against politicians who are using their music without permission during rallies. As the American election day gets closer, many A-list celebs are making it clear where they stand. 

Musicians have had enough! A-list celebs and bands are coming together to ask politicians to not use their music during political rallies. 

Not only do the musicians feel that it can be polarizing for their fans, but they also don't want to be aligned with political views if they don't agree with them. 

A-list bands and musicians take a stand

On Tuesday, The Artist Rights Alliance joined forces with various A-list musicians and bands including Lionel Richie, The Rolling Stones' Mick Jagger and Keith Richards, Aerosmith, Lorde, and many others to call for politicians to stop using their music unless approved.

Lionel Richie attends the premiere event for "American Idol"

The open letter urged both political parties to "establish clear policies requiring campaigns to seek consent of featured recording artists, songwriters, and copyright owners before publicly using their music in a political or campaign setting."

"This is the only way to effectively protect your candidates from legal risk, unnecessary public controversy, and the moral quagmire that comes from falsely claiming or implying an artist’s support or distorting an artists’ expression in such a high stakes public way," the letter continues.

The letter emphasizes that it is "not a partisan issue", but rather one that "can compromise an artist’s personal values while disappointing and alienating fans – with great moral and economic cost."

The letter also goes on to say that using music without permission is 
"dishonest and immoral", and that it "undermines the campaign process, confuses the voting public, and ultimately distorts elections."

"On social media and in the culture at large, it’s the politicians that typically end up on the wrong side of those stories," the letter adds.

The letter concludes that by August 10, both political parties must respond with a plan to address this issue.