Published Dec 07, 2020In August, Neil Young was ready to haul Donald Trump to court over unauthorized use of his music at campaign events. Now, the songwriter has withdrawn the suit entirely.
The New York Times' Ben Sisario shared news of the suit's voluntary dismissal on Twitter. An accompanying shot of court documents reads that Young "hereby voluntarily dismisses all of his claims against Donal [sic] J. Trump for President, Inc. with prejudice" today.
Young shared news of a lawsuit earlier this year following a Trump rally in Tulsa, arguing that the president did not have proper license to play "Rockin' in the Free World" and "Devil's Sidewalk" at political events.
Neil Young withdraws lawsuit against Trump campaign for using his songs at rallies w/o permission. pic.twitter.com/TtDGaQVJ4i— Ben Sisario (@sisario) December 7, 2020
The suit read that Trump's campaign had "willfully ignored [Young] telling it not to play [his music] and willfully proceeded to play his songs despite its lack of a license and despite its knowledge that a license is required to do so."
At the time, it was unclear if the lawsuit had been filed, as documents did not identify specific defendants, and Young's signature was missing. The songwriter had been seeking "statutory damages in the maximum amount allowed for willful copyright infringement."
Young recently delivered the massive second instalment of his Archives series, following November live album Return to Greendale and September EP The Times. Next year, he'll celebrate 50 years of After the Gold Rush.