Pharrell Williams has a grudge against Donald Trump. The singer accuses the american president of having played his song Happy at a meeting in the Midwest on Saturday, following the shooting at a synagogue in Pittsburgh that killed 11 people.
The leader of N. E. R. D, has expressed his anger in a letter of “cease and desist”, sent by his lawyers to the real estate magnate and relayed by the site Deadline . In this missive, which is equivalent to a notice in the French law, Pharrell Williams call to order the president, who is asked to cease using their piece at public meetings.
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“the day the killing spree of mass-perpetrated by a “nationalist” disturbed hit 11 human beings, you played his song Happy at a political rally in Indiana”, wrote Howard King, a representative of the singer of 45 years. There was nothing “happy” (joyful in French) in the tragedy that has struck our country on Saturday and no permission has been given to you to use this song for this purpose.”
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Pharrell Williams is added to a long list of artists who have requested the former real estate developer not to use their music during its public events. Which include, among others, the Rolling Stones, Adele, R. E. M. and Aerosmith.
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american policymakers can, however, obtain licenses from copyright societies (such as Ascap) to provide to request explicit permission to the singers or groups concerned. During a question and answer session on Twitter, Mick Jagger, the lead singer of the Rolling Stones had asserted that, despite its requests, the organizers of the meetings of campaign of Donald Trump “(able) to disseminate what they wanted”.