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Donald Trump Agrees to Stop Using Aerosmith’s ‘Dream On’

Jason Davis / Isaac Brekken, Getty Images
Jason Davis / Isaac Brekken, Getty Images

After having received two cease-and-desist notices from Steven Tyler, Donald Trump has said that he will stop using Aerosmith‘s “Dream On” as part of his presidential campaign. However, Trump said it had more to do with his personal relationship with Tyler than a legal issue.

Trump told TMZ that he paid for the right to use “Dream On” in public, but will grant Tyler’s request out of respect for their friendship. In its place, he will use the other 10-15 songs that he’s been rotating, including Twisted Sister‘s “We’re Not Gonna Take It,” whose composer, former Celebrity Apprentice contestant Dee Snider, has no problem with Trump’s usage.

As we reported yesterday, Tyler’s lawyers demanded that he no longer use “Dream On” despite their friendship because he didn’t want to give “the false impression that he is connected with or endorses Mr. Trump’s presidential bid.” Similar to the use of Survivor‘s “Eye of the Tiger” at a rally in support of Rowan County (Ky.) Clerk Kim Davis, the issue isn’t Trump’s politics, but one of copyright control.

“Steven works tirelessly with both Republicans and Democrats regarding copyright reform and his position has always been consistent regarding copyright and intellectual property. Simply, one must get permission from the music creators,” his lawyer, Dina LaPolt, said, “Steven wrote 100 percent of ‘Dream On,’ and this is about the unauthorized use of his property.”

Since announcing his bid for the presidency, Trump has also gotten into trouble with Neil Young and R.E.M. for playing their music without authorization. With another year to go before the election and roughly 20 candidates in both major parties still in the race, we’re likely to have plenty more stories like this in the future.

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