Axl Rose has asserted that the Trump campaign is taking advantage of "loopholes" to play music at his rallies and other political events without the performers' consent. Elton John, Axl Rose and Prince's estate have all complained about Trump's unauthorized use of their work.
If POTUS used Rihanna's music in a radio or TV ad, or in another promotional way, Rihanna could attempt to pull that song's license.
Don't stop the music - unless you're Donald Trump.
Following her endorsement of Florida Democrat Andrew Gillum for governor Sunday, Rihanna responded to Washington Post reporter Phillip Rucker's tweet about the weird nature of Trump rallies, where her music is part of the blaring soundtrack.
The Ocean's 8 actress found out from Washington Post White House Bureau Chief Philip Rucker that Trump used one of her hit songs at his rally in Tennessee Sunday and she wasn't having it.
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Rihanna has sent Donald Trump a cease and desist letter demanding that he stop playing her music at his rallies. "Such use is therefore improper". Last week rapper and producer Pharrell Williams issued a cease-and-desist notice after the the president played his song Happy hours after a mass shooting at a synagogue.
It's not clear whether Rihanna's team has yet taken legal action against the Trump campaign, but she did call the rallies "tragic", which is almost as damaging. This is how many political campaigns get around the legalities of artists not wanting to license their music to particular individuals, for fear of appearing like they are endorsing those candidates by allowing their music to be played.
One singer, however, was less than thrilled to learn that the president had also been using her music without permission.
This news comes after Rihanna posted her endorsement of Florida Democratic gubernatorial candidate Andrew Gillum on Instagram.