Why Do Politicians Appropriate Pop Songs Without Permission?


Last week, Eddie Levert and Walter Williams, the two founding members of the O’Jays, decried the use of one of their signature songs, “Love Train” – the lyrics of which were also altered to “Trump Train” – at the Republican National Convention in Cleveland, just a short distance from Canton, Ohio, where the group formed in the late 1950s.

Williams commented, “Our music, and most especially ‘Love Train,’ is about bringing people together, not building walls.” Levert was a bit more adamant in his condemnation, suggesting that Trump “just may be the Antichrist.”

So why do politicians continue to use hit songs at their rallies without the authorization of the artists? And what can the hitmakers do to retaliate? Watch the above video.

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