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USA: campaign rallies and music: do artists have the right to demand politicians stop using their songs?

During a campaign rally last month in West Virginia, Donald Trump’s team played a classic Aerosmith song, “Living on the Edge,” before he took to the stage.

 

The lead singer of Aerosmith, Steven Tyler, got wind of the usage and demanded that Trump and his campaign stop playing any of the band’s music at their rallies or public events.  Tyler tweeted, “This is not about Dems vs. Repub. I do not let anyone use my songs without permission.  My music is for causes, not political campaigns or rallies.  Protecting songwriters is what I’ve been fighting for even before this current administration took office.”


Tyler’s stance left people on social media questioning whether it was really possible for an artist to control when their music is played, or whether an artist could dictate that their music can only be played on certain mediums or at certain events.

Protection of creative and non-creative databases

All around the world databases are copyright objects and are protected in accordance with its tenets. A database is a compilation of works, data or other materials, i.e. collection of facts, arranged in a systematic or methodical way. In other words, the data are made up based on the logical rules set up by the compiler.


The facts themselves can not be protected under copyright but their organization and layout can, provided that the compilation shows a certain level of creativity on the part of the author.


Usually creative databases are subject to copyright protection. Herewith, in different jurisdictions the creativity level has not been determined explicitly. Therefore, in the world there formed two approaches: protection of creative and non-creative databases.

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