Pharrell Williams has three new reasons to be "happy"
Pharrell Williams is not "happy" that President Donald Trump has used his song.
The 45-year-old singer sent a letter of cease and desist to Trump after the president played Williams' hit "Happy" at a political event in the Midwest on Saturday, just hours after nearly a dozen people were shot dead in a synagogue in Pittsburgh.
"The day of the mass murder of 11 human beings at the hands of a 'crazy nationalist', he played his song 'Happy' to a crowd at a political event in Indiana," wrote the lawyer. of Williams, Howard King, in the Letter obtained by USA TODAY.
Williams' legal team noted that the use of the song was not only badly synchronized, but that it violated "copyright infringement" and "trademark rights".
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"There was nothing" happy "about the tragedy inflicted on our country on Saturday and permission was not granted for the use of this song for this purpose," the letter reads.
The letter made it clear that Williams "will not" allow Trump to use any of his music catalogs in the future: "By this means, you are requested to cease and desist from any other unauthorized use of Pharrell Williams' music."
This is not the first or second time that Trump has criticized the song options in his political events.
In August, Aerosmith leader Steven Tyler sent Trump a cease and desist letter after the commander-in-chief played the band's hit song "Livin & # 39; on the Edge" at a rally in Charleston. , West Virginia.
"Sir." Trump is creating the false impression that our client has consented to the use of his music, and even that he supports Mr. Trump's presidency, "Tyler's legal team said in a letter obtained by USA TODAY. .
R.E.M., Prince & # 39; s estate and Queen are among the other artists who have opposed the use of music by the president.
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