Steven Tyler has issued a cease and desist letter to the White House after President Trump used the track “Livin’ On The Edge” at one of his rallies, it’s been reported.
According to Variety, Tyler, 70, wasn’t happy with Trump’s team blasting out the 1993 hit to 13,500 people at the Charleston Civic Center in West Virginia on Tuesday.
He is then said to have sent the letter through his attorney Dina LaPolt, with the singer accusing the president of “willful infringement in broadcasting the song.”
Tyler cited the Lanham Act, which prohibits “any false designation or misleading description or representation of fact… likely to cause confusion… as to the affiliation, connection, or association of such person with another person.”
Part of the letter read, according to the site: “As expressly outlined in the Previous Letters, Mr. Trump does not have our client’s permission to use any of our client’s music, including ‘Livin’ On The Edge’.”
The letter also stated that by playing the track at the rally, this gave off the impression that the hitmaker was a fan of the POTUS.
This certainly isn’t the first time Trump has wanted to use Tyler’s music, with the musician previously writing a similar letter regarding his song “Dream On”, which Trump used during his 2015 election campaign.
The latest letter continued, “What makes this violation even more egregious is that Mr. Trump’s use of our client’s music was previously shut down, not once, but two times, during his campaign for presidency in 2015.
“Please see the Previous Letters sent on behalf of our client attached here as Exhibit A. Due to your receipt of the Previous Letters, such conduct is clearly willful, subjecting Mr. Trump to the maximum penalty under the law.
“Mr. Tyler’s voice is easily recognizable and central to his identity, and any use thereof wrongfully misappropriates his rights of publicity. Mr. Trump does not have any right to use the name, image, voice or likeness of our client, without his express written permission.”