The Tom Petty estate and our partners were shocked to find out that Tom’s song “I Won’t Back Down” was stolen and used without permission or a license to promote Kari Lake’s failed campaign KossyDerrickBlog KossyDerrickEnt


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Friday, November 18, 2022

The Tom Petty estate and our partners were shocked to find out that Tom’s song “I Won’t Back Down” was stolen and used without permission or a license to promote Kari Lake’s failed campaign

Tom Petty's family says they sent a cease-and-desist notice to President Donald Trump's reelection campaign after the late musician's song "I Won't Back Down" was used during the president's Tulsa rally. (Read More Here).

In a statement on Twitter, Petty's family says the song was used without permission. 

"Trump was in no way authorized to use this song to further a campaign that leaves too many Americans and common sense behind," reads a statement on Petty's Twitter account, signed by daughters Adria and Annakim along with his widow Dana Petty and ex-wife Jane Benyo. (Read More Here).

"Both the late Tom Petty and his family firmly stand against racism and discrimination of any kind. Tom Petty would never want a song of his used for a campaign of hate. He liked to bring people together."

During the president's campaign rally in Tulsa, Oklahoma, on Saturday night, Trump gave a 1 hour and 41 minute speech to his supporters, during which he boasted of his administration's response to the coronavirus, said he wanted to slow down testing for the disease and blamed China for spreading the virus.

"Tom wrote this song for the underdog, for the common man and for EVERYONE," the Petty family statement added. "We want to make it clear that we believe everyone is free to vote as they like, think as they like, but the Petty family doesn't stand for this. We believe in America and we believe in democracy. But Donald Trump is not representing the noble ideals of either. We would hate for fans that are marginalized by this administration to think we were complicity in this usage." 

In the past, Petty also called for George W. Bush and John McCain to stop playing "I Won't Back Down" on the campaign trail.

Trump has previously faced backlash from his choice of songs. 

He came under fire last fall from the late singer Prince's estate when one of the singer's most iconic tunes, "Purple Rain," was played during the president's campaign rally in Minneapolis.

According to Prince's official Twitter account, the president went back on a promise not to use the musician's work.

Pharrell Williams sent a cease-and-desist letter to Trump after the president played Williams' 2014 smash hit "Happy" at a political event in the Midwest, just hours after nearly a dozen people were gunned down in a Pittsburgh synagogue in October 2018.

Aerosmith, R.E.M. and Queen are among the other artists who have objected to the president's use of their music.

The nearly two-minute video shared to Lake's Twitter account on Wednesday evening shows clips of the Republican campaigning as the 1989 hit by Petty, the rock legend who died in 2017, plays in the background. A spokesperson for the Petty estate told Newsweek that Lake's use of the song was "not approved or endorsed."

On Thursday, the estate added that "a take down order has been sent to Twitter and a cease and desist [is] going out today." The video, still featuring Petty's unauthorized song, remained on the platform as of late Thursday afternoon.

While some of the responses to Lake's tweet included supporters who praised her and baselessly claimed that she had "won" the election, others mocked her and pointed out that she will not be Arizona governor next year despite her refusal to concede.

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