Tuesday, May 21, 2024

Rock-Reggae Star Eddy Grant Sues Donald Trump Over Use of 1983 Hit “Electric Avenue” in Campaign Video


Donald Trump is not going to “rock onto Electric Avenue” if Eddy Grant has anything to say about it.

Grant sued Trump today for copyright infringement of his song and record after Trump used them in a campaign video without permission. And being Donald Trump he thumbed his nose at Grant by Tweeting about the singer’s objections the next day.

For intellectual property lawyer Brian Caplan, who’s a heavy hitter in this game, that was evidently too much. He writes in the complaint: “Despite Plaintiffs having sent Defendants a letter the very next day objecting to Defendants’ infringement and demanding the removal of the infringing video and that Defendants refrain from further infringing Plaintiffs’ copyrights, and despite numerous comments on Mr. Trump’s August 12, 2020 tweet linking to articles reporting on the infringement, Defendants have continued to willfully and wrongfully infringe Plaintiffs’ copyrights. As of the date of this filing, the infringing video is still available on Twitter.”

This is different than previous suits against Trump for using songs by rock stars at his rallies. This time, he went too far. The complaint alleges that the Trump campaign didn’t license any rights to the song for their video.

(Doesn’t Donald Trump realize that any recording artist whose work he wants hates him? I guess not.)

Roger Friedman
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Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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