We’ve been hearing time and time again about artists who are unhappy that their music is being used at political rallies, and now a bunch of them have signed an open letter demanding politicians get permission they do.
The letter, written in partnership with the Artist Rights Alliance, calls on all political parties to “establish clear policies requiring campaigns to seek the consent of featured recording artists, songwriters, and copyright owners before publicly using their music in a political or campaign setting.”
“As artists, activists and citizens, we ask you to pledge that all candidates you support will seek consent from featured recording artists and songwriters before using their music in campaign and political settings,” it reads. “This is the only way to effectively protect your candidates from legal risk, unnecessary public controversy, and the moral quagmire that comes from falsely claiming or implying an artist’s support or distorting an artists’ expression in such a high stakes public way.”
Dozens of artists have signed the letter, including the Rolling Stones’ Mick Jagger and Keith Richards, Pearl Jam, Aerosmith’s Steven Tyler, Elvis Costello, R.E.M., Lionel Richie, Elton John, Sheryl Crow, Rosanne Cash, Green Day, and more. See the full letter here.