WASHINGTON D.C. (CelebrityAccess) — Steven Tyler, frontman of the iconic rock group Aerosmith, is demanding that United States President Donald Trump stop playing the band’s music at his rallies.
According to Variety, Tyler’s attorney Dina LaPolt sent a cease and desist letter to the White House, accusing the President of willful copyright infringement due to the public performances of the band’s material.
Case in point, the audience at Trump’s August 21st rally at the Charleston Civic Center in West Virginia was regaled with Aerosmith’s 1993 hit “Livin’ On The Edge,” Variety reported.
The cease and desist letter cited the Lanham Act, which, among other things, prohibits the use of goods or service such as music in a way that “is likely to cause confusion, or to cause mistake, or to deceive as to the affiliation, connection, or association of such person with another person, or as to the origin, sponsorship, or approval of his or her goods, services, or commercial activities by another person.”
Tyler’s attorney contends that the use of the band’s music at rallies may appear to be an endorsement of the President, Variety said.
This isn’t the first time Trump has run afoul of Aerosmith. In 2015, Trump’s election campaign elicited a similar letter over public performances of the band’s hit “Dream On.”
BMI later terminated the campaign’s public performance rights for the song.