By Jonathan Stempel
NEW YORK – Neil Young ended his lawsuit against U.S. President Donald Trump’s campaign on Monday for playing two of his songs on campaign collections without permission.
Young had sued in August for copyright infringement over its alleged unlicensed playing of “Rockin ‘in the Free World” and “Devil’s Sidewalk” several times at rallies and political events.
His lawyers said at the time that while voters could support the candidate they chose, the now 75-year-old Young would not have his music “used as a” theme song “for a divisive, non-American campaign of ignorance and hatred. “
Young’s trial in Manhattan’s federal court was dismissed with prejudice, meaning it cannot be brought back. It was not immediately clear whether the case was settled.
Lawyers for the Young and Trump campaign did not immediately respond to separate requests for comment.
It is common for musicians to oppose the politicians’ alleged unauthorized use or invocation of their music.
British singer Eddy Grant is suing the Trump campaign for the use of his song “Electric Avenue” in a campaign video.
Young was born in Canada and now also a US citizen and was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as a solo artist in 1995 and as part of Buffalo Springfield in 1997. He was also a member of the supergroup Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young.
He has said he began objecting to Trump’s use of his songs in 2015, which was also played during the president’s visit to Mount Rushmore on July 3.
The case is Young v. Donald J. Trump before President Inc et al., U.S. District Court, Southern District of New York, No. 20-06063.