By Reena Flores
(CBS NEWS) – Donald Trump is pushing back on the Rolling Stones’ request that he refrain from using their songs on the campaign trail, saying that he and his campaign “have the rights to use them.”
“You know, we use so many songs,” Trump said in an interview with CNBC early Thursday. “We have the rights to use them. I always buy the rights.”Trump, who regularly walks on stage at campaign events to hit Stones singles, was responding to the rock band’s statement Wednesday that they had never given his campaign permission to use their songs. In the letter to the campaign, the Stones “have requested they they cease all use immediately.”
When asked about the issue by CNBC, Trump made sure to note that he and his campaign “have no problem” with the band.
“I didn’t see that,” he said of the Stones’ request. “Certainly I have no problem. I like Mick Jagger. I like their songs.”
Political campaigns don’t need musicians’ express permission to use their songs on the trail, just as long as they obtain a blanket license under performing rights organizations like ASCAP or BMI. Some licensing associations, like BMI, can also make special exceptions for their artists and include provisions in artists’ contracts that would allow them to exclude certain songs from the license.
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