Tom Petty’s property has despatched a stop and desist discover to failed Arizona gubenortial candidate Kari Lake over her use of Petty’s music “I Received’t Again Down.”
The Republican candidate — who was endorsed by Donald Trump and spouted misinformation in regards to the 2020 election all through her marketing campaign — misplaced her gubernatorial race to Katie Hobbs, a Democrat Lake has stated must be imprisoned for serving to “steal” the presidency from Trump. Lake posted a video utilizing “I Received’t Again Down” to social media, implying that she refused to concede the place to Hobbs, however it was later taken down.
“The Tom Petty property and our companions have been shocked to search out out that Tom’s music “I Received’t Again Down” was stolen and used with out permission or a license to advertise Kari Lake’s failed marketing campaign,” the late artist’s household stated in a November seventeenth assertion. “That is unlawful. We’re exploring all of our authorized choices to cease this unauthorized use and to ban future misappropriations of Tom’s beloved anthem. Thanks to the entire followers who introduced this to our consideration and who assist us shield his legacy day-after-day.”
Petty’s ex-wife, Jane Benyo Petty, expressed comparable disgust in her personal assertion, Rolling Stone studies. “Tom Petty wouldn’t ever let Kari Lake, an election denier, use his nice anthem ‘I Received’t’ Again Down’ to not concede a professional election,” Petty stated. “Her alliance with Trump makes it even worse. She is getting a cease-and-desist letter. I want to thank all of the followers on Twitter for telling me in regards to the video.”
By Friday, November 18th, Petty’s writer Wixen Music Publishing had despatched a stop and desist discover to Lake. The corporate wrote that Lake’s use of “I Received’t Again Down” offers the “revolting” false implication that the claimants endorse” her, and stated any additional use of the observe might end in as much as $150,000 per infringement. Lake should inform Wixen that she has obtained the letter by subsequent week, and inform them of every other occasions she’s used the music in her marketing campaign.
“Tom sang ‘I Received’t Again Down’ on the America: A Tribute to Heroes profit for live performance for the victims of 9/11 assault. Not backing right down to hatred violence and an assault on our democracy,” Wixen wrote. “The alternative of what you stand for. Utilizing this music to advertise your warped values shouldn’t be solely unlawful as outlined above, however an insult to Tom’s reminiscence, his lyrics and music, and the tens of thousands and thousands of followers who cherish his legacy.”
The writer continued, “Ms. Lake, Tom additionally wrote ‘Even Losers Get Fortunate Typically.’ This isn’t a kind of occasions. Proceed at your peril.”
Politicians have an extended historical past of utilizing music of their campaigns from artists who don’t agree with them, and trendy Republicans have a very unfit fascination with “I Received’t Again Down.” In 2020, Petty’s property despatched an analogous stop and desist letter to Trump, who performed the music throughout a rally for his second presidential marketing campaign.
“Trump was on no account approved to make use of this music to additional a marketing campaign that leaves too many Individuals and customary sense behind,” Petty’s household stated on the time. “Each the late Tom Petty and his household firmly stand in opposition to racism and discrimination of any type. Tom Petty would by no means need a music of his used for a marketing campaign of hate. He preferred to carry individuals collectively.”
The Tom Petty property and our companions have been shocked to search out out that Tom’s music “I Received’t Again Down” was stolen and used with out permission or a license to advertise Kari Lake’s failed marketing campaign. pic.twitter.com/DoT71whO43
— Tom Petty (@tompetty) November 18, 2022