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Donald Trump is off the hook for using Canadian rocker Neil Young’s music during his campaign.
The Grammy-award-winning singer-songwriter reversed his position, excusing Trump for using”Rockin’ in the Free World” without permission during the Republican nominee’s campaign, Reuters reported.
Trump was not authorized to use the song according to a statement by Young’s management company at the time. But the liberal 70-year-old rocker now said he has nothing against the GOP nominee.
“The fact that I said I was for Bernie Sanders and then he didn’t ask me to use ‘Rockin’ in the Free World’ doesn’t mean that he can’t use it,” Young told Reuters.
As a matter of fact, Trump’s campaign had secured a license agreement with the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers for the right to play the recording.
“He actually got a license to use it,” Young said. “I mean, he said he did and I believe him. So I got nothing against him. You know, once the music goes out, everybody can use it for anything.”
“But if the artist who made it is saying you never spoke to them, if that means something to you, you probably will stop playing it. And it meant something to Donald and he stopped.”
Though still a Canadian citizen, Young’s inability to vote in the U.S. election has not kept him from weighing in on political issues. “I vote in my own way, by making a lot of noise. If you don’t want to listen to me, fine. If you don’t want to vote like I would, don’t. But I still have a voice,” he said.
Young remains a strong supporter of Democratic candidate Bernie Sanders and his stand on issues that matter to the artist.
“He’s the only one talking about the issues, about issues that matter to me, the issues on my mind – problems of corporate control of democracy and everything slipping away and not being able to have six major companies owning all the media in the United States,” Young said, according to Reuters.
As for becoming a U.S. citizen so he could actually vote in an election, Young dismissed the idea.
“Oh, that would be a big ruse. I’m a Canadian. There’s nothing I can do about that,” he said.
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