Pharrell Threatens To Sue Trump For Playing “Happy” At Rally
Pharrell Williams is threatening to take legal action against President Donald Trump over music. On Saturday, Trump played Pharrell’s hit song “Happy” at a Midwest rally hours after the Tree of Life congregation shooting in Pittsburgh. The singer and producer has fired off a cease and desist letter sent by his lawyer over the incident. Pharrell’s attorney Howard King says in a letter,
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.
The letter also notes that Pharrell has not and will not grant Trump permission to publicly perform or otherwise disseminate his music, explaining since he does not give consent this constitutes both copyright and trademark infringement.
See the letter below.
Other artist’s have made similar legal threats against Trump including: Steven Tyler and Prince’s estate.