Leonard Cohen’s estate joins the list of artists disavowing Donald Trump’s use of their music at his political events. What legal recourse exists for these artists?
In the United States, political campaigns have the right to use music at rallies. Much like radio stations, political campaigns can get public performance rights to millions of songs through blanket licensing deals with like the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP) and Broadcast Music, Inc (BMI). These blanket licensing deals mean there is not a need for a separate license to be issued for each song.
However, artists have now begun removing their music from the list of covered songs. Whether this will work remains to be seen.
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