Thursday, July 28, 2016

The O'Jays Send Donald Trump a Cease-and-Desist Over "For the Love of Money"

by VVN Music

Eddie Levert and Walter Williams of the O'Jays made a public demand last week that Donald Trump stop using their song Love Train as part of his campaign, changing it to Trump Train. "Love Train is about bringing people together, not building walls."

On Wednesday, they became aware of a new Trump video posted by Rep. John Mica (R-FL) using another of their hits, For the Love of Money.  The song, in its original O'Jays recording, had been used for years as the theme for Trump's program The Apprentice.

The O'Jays have since had their attorneys issue a cease-and-desist order to both Mica and Trump's campaign coordinator, Paul Manafort.

Your use of our clients’ signature song, and utilizing the original recording constitutes a patently false implication that Mr. Levert and Mr. Williams have endorsed you or your political agenda or Mr. Trump’s agenda. Our clients unequivocally do not endorse you, your agenda nor your party’s views or those of Mr. Trump. On the contrary, Mr. Levert and Mr. Williams have actively opposed these ideals.

..we hereby demand that you and any person or entity with which you are affiliated with, immediately and permanently refrain from exploiting our clients’ proprietary material, using the recording of the song For The Love of Money, or any of our clients’ other intellectual property rights.
Levert said "Trump and his people have no right to help themselves to our music. He presents himself as supporting 'law and order' but, in truth, he’s not respecting the law at all. Mr. Trump resorts to painting pictures of gloom and doom and suggesting that he, alone, is the one savior who can fix things. This reminds me of another story and that would be the Book of Revelation. Those who would question just how great America is should travel around the world a bit and let us know if there is any greater country; we know there isn't."

Williams added "We don’t appreciate having our music associated with a campaign that is hurtful to so many with whom we have common ground. We’ve really had enough of this I’m living proof that America is already great; I came from nothing and everyday I feel blessed to live in the greatest country on earth. We support those who inspire in a positive way as opposed to bullying and using scare tactics."

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