John Fogarty has again spoken out against the use of Donald Trump’s “Happy Son” during his campaign, issuing a letter terminating and refusing the president’s campaign to refrain from doing so in the future.
“I object to the president using my song ‘Happy Son’ in any way for his campaign,” the former Creedence Clearwater Revival artist tweeted. “He uses my words and my voice to convey a message that I do not support.”
– John Fogerty (@John_Fogerty) October 16, 2020
“That’s why I’m issuing a ‘termination and waiver order,'” he continued. “I wrote this song because as a veteran I was disgusted that some people were allowed to be excluded from serving our country because they had access to political and financial privilege. I also wrote about rich people who do not pay their fair share of taxes. Mr. Trump is an excellent example of both issues. The fact that Mr. Trump also ignites the flames of hatred, racism and fear as he rewrites recent history is an even greater cause for concern about his use of my song. “
In the letter of termination and refusal received from Rolling stone, Fogerty’s lawyer told Trump’s campaign that using the “Happy Son” during the president’s rallies and events “is likely to cause confusion, error, and mislead the public about President Trump’s affiliation, connection, sponsorship, or association.” or with John Fogarty. “The letter alleges that the use of the song constitutes a ‘trademark infringement, unfair competition, false designation of origin and false description’ in violation of the US Code.
He continues: “That is why we demand of you expeditiously refrain from playing “Fortunete” son or any other song written or associated with John Fogerty during political campaigns or events, and notify us immediately that the request has been complied with. This question is of great importance to our client and we look forward to your prompt action. “
This issue first erupted in September when Trump played “Happy Son” while leaving Air Force One just before a rally in Freeland, Michigan. “It’s a song I could write now,” Fogerty said at the time. “And so it seems confusing to me, I would say that the president chose to use my song for his political rallies, when in fact he seems to be probably the lucky son.”
Fogerty is far from the first artist to object to Trump, using their music during campaigns. In recent years, everyone from Aerosmith to Elton John, Guns N ‘Roses, Niil Young, Phil Collins and Leonard Cohen’s mansion have told the musician to stop using his songs at rallies. Some have even taken legal action, but copyright and licensing issues around the practice are complex and problems are unlikely to be resolved after the election is long overdue.