Queen, and now Air Force One have taken offence to Donald trump using their songs in his presidential campaign events. The producers of the 1997 film featuring Harrison Ford said the presidential nominee was using the late composer Jerry Goldsmith's music without permission and this should be stopped.
On 25 July, Producer Gail Katz revealed to Hollywood Reporter that she had written a letter to Trump asking him to desist from using the movie score considering he had not taken permission from the filmmakers to use it.
"The music for Air Force One was composed and conducted by the legendary Oscar-winning film composer Jerry Goldsmith," Katz mentions in the letter which she shared with the entertainment website. "Jerry's music was hijacked in a misguided attempt to associate Trump with the film and the President in that film."
Trump has been using the track on numerous occasions in the past months of his campaign, the most recent incident being during his arrival at the Republican National Convention in Cleveland on 20 July.
"From everything I know about Jerry Goldsmith's political views, he would have been extremely unhappy with Trump co-opting his art to sell his image," the film producer said. "Goldsmith composed music to underscore a make-believe, heroic president in [Air Force One], not to help create a phony soundtrack for Trump. He would have been appalled to have his music selling a product he would greatly dislike."
In the case of rock group Queen, their song We Are The Champions was played when Trump walked onto the stage but it was revealed that the campaign had paid to licence the use of it. The band still posted their disappointment on Twitter stating: "An unauthorised use at the Republican Convention against our wishes – Queen."
The Rolling Stones, Neil Young, Adele, Aerosmith and R.E.M. also issued notices to the New York real estate mogul-turned-politician demanding that he stop using their music.
"The Trump campaign's misappropriation of songs and music over the repeated objections of authors and performers is just one more reason why on November 8 the American voters will send a clear message to Donald Trump – 'Stay off our plane!'." Katz stressed at the end of her letter to the presidential hopeful while quoting from the film.
John Oliver takes on Trump's use of songs for his campaign
A day before Katz sent her letter, John Oliver, the host of Last Week Tonight addressed the issue of politicians using artists's songs without their permission. As a special treat, he also aired a song featuring Usher, Michael Bolton, Josh Groban, Sheryl Crow, John Mellencamp, Dan Reynolds, Ann Wilson and Nancy Wilson from Heart, Cyndi Lauper, and Imagine Dragons singer Dan Reynolds.
The comic number titled Don't Use Our Songs warned politicians about the consequences, with Bolton singing: "By the time this tune is through, you'll be lucky if we don't sue."
Groban at another point in the video croons, "If I wanted to sing and not get paid, I'd be on Spotify."