Steven Tyler To Donald Trump: Stop Using “Dream On” For Campaign Or I’m Suing
Donald Trump has received a harsh “cease and desist” letter from Steven Tyler‘s camp, asking the presidential candidate to stop using the Aerosmith frontman’s hit “Dream On” without permission, because “it gives the false impression that he is connected with or endorses Mr. Trump’s presidential bid.” Tyler’s lawyer tells Gossip Cop that the move by Tyler, who’s a friend of Trump’s, is “not a political nor personal issue.” See the cease and desist letter below.
Trump, according to the letter obtained by Gossip Cop, first used the song at a campaign event on August 21 at Ladd-Peebles Stadium in Mobile, Alabama. Apparently Trump’s campaign was sent a letter a week after that event, asking that it stop using “Dream On.” Now, Tyler’s cease and desist writes, “It was again brought to our attention that Trump for President is continuing its unauthorized use of ‘Dream On’ in connection with the Campaign, including [Saturday] at a Campaign event at the North Atlanta Trade Center in Norcross, Georgia.”
According to the legal letter, “We are unaware of any public performance license granting Trump for President the right to perform ‘Dream On’ in connection with the Campaign…. By using ‘Dream On’ without our client’s permission, Trump for President is falsely implying our client’s endorsement of the Campaign… and is infringing our client’s right of publicity.”
The letter further states that should Trump’s campaign use Tyler’s “name, image or likeness” in connection with his campaign could “constitute interference with economic relations, trademark infringement, and a violation of our client’s right of privacy, among other causes of action.” Tyler’s attorneys are given Trump 24 hours to comply with their demands or “our client will be forced to pursue any and all legal or equitable remedies which our client may have against you.”
Tyler’s attorney assures Gossip Cop, however, that this is not personal. In fact, Tyler is a friend of Trump’s and attended the GOP debate in Cleveland as his guest. The rocker’s lawyer, Dina Lapolt, tells Gossip Cop, “This is not a political nor personal issue with Mr. Trump,” adding, “Steven is a registered Republican.” She further notes, “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. Steven wrote 100% of ‘Dream On,’ and this is about the un-authorized use of his property.”
Gossip Cop has reached out to Trump’s attorney. See Tyler’s cease and desist letter below, and tell us what you think.