John Fogerty has once again spoken out against Donald Trump’s use of “Happy Son” in his campaign, issuing a letter ending and refusing to demand that the presidential campaign refrain from doing so in the future.
“I object to the president using his song ‘Happy Son’ in any way for his campaign,” the former Creedence Clearwater Revival singer wrote on Twitter. “He uses my words and my voice to portray a message I disapprove of.”
– John Fogerty (@John_Fogerty) October 16, 2020
“That’s why I order ‘stop and give up,'” he continued. “I wrote this song because, as a veteran, I was disgusted that some people were allowed to give up serving our country because they had access to political and financial privileges. I have also written about wealthy people who do not pay their taxes properly, and Mr. Trump is a prime example of both of these issues, and the fact that Mr. Trump is also fueling hatred, racism and fear by rewriting recent history is even more reasoning. to disturb his use of my song “.
In the letter of termination and refusal received Perekotypole, Fogerty’s lawyer told Trump’s campaign that using “Happy Son” at presidential rallies and events “could cause confusion, error, and mislead the public about President Trump’s affiliation, connection, sponsorship, or association with or with John Fogerty.” The letter stated that the use of the song was considered “trademark infringement, unfair competition, false designation of origin and false description”, which violates the American code.
It goes on to say, “That is why we demand of you operatively refrain from playing the son of “Happy” or any other song written or associated with John Fogerty at any rallies or political campaign events, and immediately notify us that the request has been met. This issue is of great importance to our client, and we look forward to your prompt action. “
The issue first erupted in September when Trump played “Happy Son” as he left Air Force One just before a rally in Freeland, Michigan. “It’s a song I could write now,” Fogerty said at the time. “And so it seems confusing to me, I would say that the president has decided to use my song for his political rallies, when in fact it seems that he is probably a happy son.”
Fogerty is not the first artist to object to Trump using their music at election events. In recent years, everyone from Aerosmith to Elton John, Guns N ‘Roses, Neil Young, Phil Collins and the estate of Leonard Cohen have told musicians to stop using their songs at rallies. Some have even taken legal action, but copyright and licensing issues related to the practice are becoming more complicated, and these issues are unlikely to be resolved by the time the election is over.