Pharrell Williams is now on the growing list of artists who have taken legal action against President Donald Trump for using their songs at his rallies. But unlike the other artists, Williams specifically cited that the context in which his song was used was inappropriate.
According to the Hollywood Reporter, Williams’ hit song “Happy” blasted out through a Future Farmers of America event Trump headlined in Indiana, hours after 11 people were murdered in a Pittsburgh synagogue on Saturday.
Williams lawyer, Howard King, issued this cease-and-desist letter to the president Monday:
“On the day of the mass murder of 11 human beings at the hands of a deranged ‘nationalist,’ you played his song ‘Happy’ to a crowd at a political event in Indiana. There was nothing ‘happy’ about the tragedy inflicted upon our country on Saturday and no permission was granted for your use of this song for this purpose.”
King continued, saying that Trump was in violation of copyright law for using any of Williams’ music and he is not welcome to use it in the future.
“Pharrell has not, and will not, grant you permission to publicly perform or otherwise broadcast or disseminate any of his music. The use of ‘Happy’ without permission constitutes copyright infringement.”
Williams has been outspoken on political issues in the past, supporting liberal candidates and policies. On Thursday Williams retweeted a video from the Democrats official Twitter. “Vote for them,” Pharrell added. Williams also campaigned for Hillary Clinton in the 2016 presidential election.
According to the Washington Post, The Rolling Stones, Neil Young, Queen, Adele, Elton John, and Aerosmith have all told the president to not use their music as his events.