Village People on Trump using YMCA at his farewell: 'His abusive use of our music has finally ended'

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Victor Willis of Village People
Victor Willis of Village People
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As he said his final goodbye on Wednesday, former US President Donald Trump walked off stage to the sound of the Village People's YMCA, as he has done many times before.

The use of their popular track during Trump rallies is not something that the group consented to. In fact, they had sent a cease and desist to Trump "long ago", they revealed in a statement to Billboard, saying that they "have no ill will towards" him.

"However, since he's a bully, our request was ignored. Thankfully he's now out of office, so it would seem his abusive use of our music has finally ended. 

"We hope to spearhead a change in copyright law that will give artists and publishers more control over who can and cannot use our music in the public space. Currently there is no limit to blanket licensing."

Other artists have also taken legal action against Trump for the unauthorised use of their music at rallies.

The Rolling Stones, Steven Tyler and Phil Collins all did the same in 2020.

Compiled by Nikita Coetzee

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