Donald Trump has failed to throw out musician Eddy Grant’s lawsuit concerning the previous president’s use of the music “Electric Avenue” in a marketing campaign video.
US District Court Judge, John Koetl, rejected Trump’s movement to dismiss on the grounds that use of the music was truthful use.
Koetl stated the usage of “Electric Avenue”, a 1983 hit for Grant, was basically “wholesale copying of music to accompany a political campaign ad”.
The choose’s ruling continued: “While it is true that the animation is partisan political commentary and the song apparently is not, the inquiry does not focus exclusively on the character of the animation; rather, it focuses on the character of the animation’s use of Grant’s song.”
Grant filed go well with in opposition to Trump final yr after the previous president uploaded a video to Twitter that depicted an animated Joe Biden on an quaint practice lagging behind Trump’s excessive velocity locomotive.
The video was later eliminated by Twitter following the copyright declare.
Trump begun his movement to dismiss final November, arguing that the usage of “Electric Avenue” was for satire and never to disseminate the music.
Numerous different artists equivalent to The Rolling Stones and Neil Young have additionally criticised Trump for utilizing their music with out permission.
The go well with is now anticipated to go to discovery.