Neil Young has released a statement condemning businessman Donald Trump for using one of his songs while announcing his 2016 run for president.
Young’s manager released a statement on the musician’s behalf that reads: “Donald Trump was not authorized to use “Rockin’ In The Free World” in his presidential candidacy announcement. Neil Young, a Canadian citizen, is a supporter of Bernie Sanders for President of the United States of America.”
The Trump campaign claims that it used the song legally — through a licensing deal with ASCAP, the musicians’ copyright group. However, apparently in America the rules are different for using music in a political message in that they require a campaign to contact the song’s owners for permission.