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Aerosmith’s Steven Tyler Mad That Trump Dissed His Cease And Desist, Came Back With More

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Why do most of the good singers and groups have to be left-wing sympathizers?

Country Music Nation is reporting that after finding out that President Donald Trump is still using his music at political rallies, Aerosmith’s lead singer Steven Tyler has decided to take matters into his own hands.

At a Trump rally in West Virginia on Tuesday, August 21st, Aerosmith’s 1993 hit song “Livin’ On The Edge” could be heard blaring from the arena’s speakers.

Tyler immediately called up his attorneys and had them draw up and send President Trump a cease and desist letter through his attorney Dina LaPolt. The letter accused the president of “willful infringement in broadcasting the song.”

Steven Tyler already told Trump, “No,” before in regards to his song “Dream On.” Back when candidate Donald Trump was using it during his 2016 presidential campaign and the singer personally told the then-Republican candidate, “Donald, you can’t use ‘Dream On’ – that’s for causes…not campaigns.”

Trump then kept using his song and Tyler ended up suing the president.

Here is more on this issue via The Legal Artist:

“Let’s clear this up first: using a copyrighted song without a license is infringement, even if it’s for a non-commercial/political reason. Songs generally have many copyright owners (the writers, musicians, record label, licensing houses, publishers, etc.) and that means you need several licenses, not just one. The RIAA has a useful primer illustrating a campaign’s legal responsibility when licensing music. Here are some highlights:

“‘When music is played in public, such as at a campaign event, it is typically necessary to obtain a license for the musical composition (words and music). It is not necessary to obtain a license from the owner of the sound recording (usually a record label).”

“‘A campaign must obtain permission from the owner of the musical composition (usually a music publisher [such as ASCAP, BMI, or SESAC]). This is known as a ‘synch license.’”

“'[I]f a campaign wants to use a specific recording of the song (e.g., Survivor’s recording of ‘Eye of the Tiger’), then the campaign must obtain permission from the owner of the sound recording (usually the record label). This is known as a ‘master license.’”

“ASCAP has its own primer, stating:

“'[I]f the campaign wants to use a song as its theme, they should contact the management for the artists and/or songwriters of the song in question and obtain their permission.”

“So you need permission. And fair use, an oft-claimed but little-understood doctrine, won’t give you relief either. As this Loyola of Los Angeles Entertainment Law Review article points out, using a song without permission for a political campaign typically won’t qualify for fair use protection because:

  1. The use of the music is rarely transformative – despite the fact that political campaigns are not commercial, the song’s meaning is rarely altered, commented upon, or otherwise changed enough to differentiate itself from the initial use;
  2. The use of the music, often to bolster a candidate’s standing in the eyes of supporters and/or to bash other candidates, does not serve the public interest and is therefore not worthy of free usage; and
  3. If the music is used repeatedly, it could create a financial harm to the artist who would have otherwise been paid if the music had been properly licensed.

“But let’s not kid ourselves; this is not a copyright issue. Copyright is merely the mechanism by which a musician can get the candidate to stop and/or pay damages. This is about politics. There’s a reason you rarely see musicians going after Democrats, after all… they don’t endorse conservative candidates and they don’t want their fans thinking they do either. And when we talk about an endorsement, we’re really talking about the artist protecting his or her brand. And that falls into the realm of a trademark.

“Artists, especially established ones, rightly view their reputation as a business asset. If people like the brand, they buy the product. If the brand offends them, they don’t buy the product. A good brand gives you not only money but influence. That’s how Taylor Swift is able to force Apple to change its policy with a single blog post. So when artists perceive their brand to be under attack, they understandably lash out. Trademark law can give them the tools to do that.

“Under the Lanham Act (the law governing trademarks), trademark infringement can occur if the use of a song by a politician is likely to create confusion** in the marketplace that the musician endorses the politician, especially if this association harms the musician’s reputation (referred to as “dilution by tarnishment”). But meeting this bar isn’t so easy. To determine whether a likelihood of confusion exists, the federal courts have developed an eight-factor test (called “the Sleekcraft factors” after the landmark 1979 Ninth Circuit case, AMF, Inc. v. Sleekcraft Boats). Those factors are:

  1. The strength of the mark;
  2. The proximity or relatedness of the goods;
  3. The similarity of the marks;
  4. Any evidence of actual confusion;
  5. The marketing channels used;
  6. The degree of care customers are likely to exercise in purchasing the goods;
  7. The defendant’s intent in selecting the mark; and
  8. The likelihood of expansion into other markets.

“A quick perusal of the list shows why there’s been so little litigation on this topic… there are a lot of factors and it’s hard to meet them all! And that’s because most people don’t confuse usage of a song with a political endorsement. In other words, they don’t assume REM supports Trump even when the songs play prominently during his rallies. We all know that musical taste is not determined by ones’ political leanings; people just like the music they like. That’s all there is to it. Here’s a bit of truth for you: I find Ted Nugent to be one of the most repugnant human beings alive, but I still haven’t found a better song to exercise to than “Stranglehold.”

“That’s why artists are generally content to play the copyright infringement card or are satisfied with badmouthing the candidate. They definitely have legal options, but they butt up against the harsh reality of the situation, which is that no one cares if a Republican uses a pop song during a campaign. No one is denouncing REM just because Trump used their song, and if they actually did, well they probably weren’t going to buy REM’s record anyway, were they?”

The article above clearly explains the law when it comes to this. But what really makes me wonder is if Steven Tyler would be putting up such a fuss about the use of a song that is over a quarter of a decade old if it were Hillary Clinton or Bernie Sanders who were using it.

The truth of the matter here is that in a way Steven Tyler’s position is understandable. Aerosmith really hasn’t had much to show for itself after the mid-90’s. And they still need to live, so it’s best they aren’t seen as partisan, but all this whining by Tyler is still bound to produce animosity with people on the right. People who tend to buy albums, especially oldies.

White House Guests KNEEL During National Anthem, Trump Makes Them Immediately Regret It

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The Marine Corp band in their bright red uniforms were on the south balcony of the White House on a bright, sunny Tuesday in Washington, DC. The Army Chorus sang, beginning the event with ‘America the Beautiful’ and concluded with ‘God Bless America’. At least two people who were guests at President Trump’s Celebration of America event yesterday knelt, showing exactly why so many Americans are ticked over the National Anthem controversy.

The event replaced a celebration at the White House in honor of the Super Bowl win for the Philadelphia Eagles. These two disrespectful idiots took a knee as the “Star Spangled Banner” rang out across the South Lawn of the White House. Simply disgraceful. These aren’t social justice warriors… these are unpatriotic jerks.

A video was posted to Twitter by a reporter for SVT, the Swedish national public TV broadcaster. It shows a man, wearing a light blue button down, kneeling as the National Anthem played, before clapping and ultimately coming to his feet after the song finished. I guess he thought that was his five minutes of fame or something.

What it really amounted to was making a fool out of himself internationally. President Trump showcases all of these liberal dimwits for what they are… America-hating, radical leftists who are far more interested in hating our brave police officers and our country than they are in respecting America and taking national pride in their country and President.

When President Trump took the podium, he blew his audience away with his love for our country, military, police, flag and the National Anthem. He made every single person who disrespects them like this look like the small, craven liberals that they really are. The man, who did not identify himself, left the event immediately after the United States Marine Band performed the anthem, according to a news anchor for TV2 Denmark. Gee, crawling away with his tail between his legs like the lowly cur he his. Guess he couldn’t stand patriotism after he showed how much he hates his own country.

There was a second man who was pictured kneeling as well. That was posted to Twitter by a CNN White House producer. He was wearing a light blue checkered shirt and had a little American flag. This guy was right up front. He was also apparently the same person who reportedly heckled Trump. That guy was roundly booed by everyone around him. CNN’s analyst April Ryan posted false news on Twitter yesterday claiming people were booing Trump when it was the heckler they went after. She eventually retracted what she said after her own colleagues called her out on the lie. “Stop hiding behind the armed services and the National Anthem,” the guy yelled to a chorus of boos, according to the Daily Mail. “Let’s hear it for the Eagles.” “Go home,” one person shouted at the heckler.

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The President didn’t engage the heckler, but looked in his direction and pursed his lips. He looked like he wanted to smack him. Right there with ya.

President Trump disinvited the Philadelphia Eagles to the White House after they at first said they had more than 70 players coming to the People’s House to celebrate. By this week, that number had dropped to less than ten and then to only one player. They kept trying to change the date to one where President Trump would be out of the country. I don’t blame the President in the least for canceling the visit. That was totally appropriate. If you insist on being ungrateful and insulting a sitting President of the United States, then you don’t deserve the honor of going to the White House period.

Trump claimed on Monday that the team disagreed “with their President because he insists that they proudly stand for the National Anthem, hand on heart, in honor of the great men and women of our military and the people of our country.” Eagles players denied that accusation, pointing out that no one on the team knelt for the anthem during last season. But that has nothing to do with how each individual on the team states his beliefs and shows his disrespect for President Trump.

White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders accused the team of a “political stunt” just minutes before Tuesday’s alternative event began, claiming the players had chosen to “abandon their fans.” That’s exactly what they did. “If this wasn’t a political stunt by the Eagles franchise then they wouldn’t have committed to attend the event and then backed out,” she said in her Tuesday press briefing. “And if it wasn’t a political stunt, they wouldn’t have attempted to reschedule the visit while the President was overseas.”

Trump was brief in his remarks and only spoke for about four minutes. He began by explaining why it’s an issue of patriotism for Americans to stand for the National Anthem. “We love our flag and stand for our National Anthem,” Trump said to great applause from the crowd on the South Lawn of the White House. “We stand to honor our military and to honor country and to honor the fallen heroes who never made it back home.” Yes, we do… and those that don’t can take a hike.

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Melania Unveils This Year’s White House Christmas Decorations That Libs Are SURE To Hate

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Melania Trump’s first year in office was marked by immense criticism of our incredible first lady, who in the eyes of the Trump family’s numerous detractors, Melania could do nothing right, or at least as well as her predecessor, Michelle Obama. This included her full Christmas decor plan, which was stunning in silver and white, and a beautiful modern take on the same tired style that Michelle un-creatively came up with.

This year’s decorations will likely be no different, if not worse.

Last year, liberals claimed she decked the halls in depression and gloom, likening it to looking more like a haunted house than a holiday home. So, what will they say about this year’s new look?

Chicks On The Right reports:

FLOTUS doesn’t just slay on the fashion front. Her decorating skills are off the charts. (Yes, yes– I know she didn’t do this by herself, but if you really believe she didn’t have a say, you’re nuuuuuuuuuuuuts.)

ANYWHO. She finally unveiled this year’s White House Christmas decorations, and they’re GORGEOUS.

You have no idea how much I want to stroll through those halls of beautifully decorated trees. Oh well. I’ll have to settle for the aisles of Hobby Lobby.

It all looks great. I’m obsessed. TY, that is all.

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