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Neil Young Sues Donald Trump Campaign for Copyright Infringement – Hollywood Reporter



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Eriq Gardner

Neil Young to Donald Trump: Not so fast on rockin’ in the free world.

On Tuesday, the legendary musician filed a copyright infringement lawsuit against Trump’s campaign for playing his songs at campaign rallies.

“This complaint is not intended to disrespect the rights and opinions of American citizens, who are free to support the candidate of their choosing,” states the complaint filed in New York federal court. “However, Plaintiff in good conscience cannot allow his music to be used as a ‘theme song’ for a divisive, un-American campaign of ignorance and hate.”

Young alleges that Trump’s campaign lacks license to publicly perform the compositions entitled “Rockin’ in the Free World” and “Devil’s Sidewalk.” The musician notes that Trump has used his music for years dating back to the last campaign and played both songs at his rally in Tulsa, Oklahoma, on June 20.

Young has been musing about suing Trump since his first presidential campaign, but he had a change of heart after previously being told that the campaign venues had obtained public performance licenses from ASCAP and BMI.

But as more and more musicians objected to politicians using their music, these performance rights organizations began allowing songwriters to exclude their music for political use. Now, ASCAP and BMI warn candidates that a performance license might not cover all claims by a musician. Whether or not that is allowed under the ASCAP and BMI consent decrees — the long-lasting rules for music licensing that emanated from a DOJ antitrust suit in the 1940s — is a subject that has yet to be explored in court.

Young is now willing to test out the notion that Trump is committing copyright infringement and demands that Trump be enjoined from further playing his songs. Young, represented by Robert Besser, also demands statutory damages.

Often, copyright suits against politicians settle before judgment, as the legal process is slow, and the end of campaign season obliterates the incentives for the parties to play out a case. As a result, although politicians have found limited success in the courtroom, there remains a lot of ambiguity about copyright in the political context.

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Surgeons in Chicago have given a new set of lungs to a young woman with severe lung damage from the coronavirus. Northwestern Medicine on Thursday announced the procedure, which took place last Friday.

Only a few other COVID-19 survivors, in China and Europe, have received lung transplants. CBS News correspondent Carter Evans reports the procedure at Northwestern Memorial Hospital marks the first successful double lung transplant of a COVID-19 patient in the U.S.

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This X-ray image provided by Northwestern Medicine in June 2020 shows the chest of a COVID-19 patient before she received a new set of lungs because of severe lung damage from the coronavirus, at Northwestern Memorial Hospital in Chicago.

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The Chicago patient is in her 20s and was on a ventilator and heart-lung machine for almost two months before her operation. The 10-hour procedure was challenging because the virus had left her lungs full of holes and almost fused to the chest wall, said Dr. Ankit Bharat, who performed the operation.

“I hope that this becomes more common because I truly believe that we can save several patients,” Bharat said.

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Dr. Ankit Bharat, chief of thoracic surgery at Northwestern Memorial Hospital, listens to a question Thursday, June 11, 2020.

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She remains on a ventilator while her body heals but is well enough to visit with family via phone video and doctors say her chances for a normal life are good.

“We are anticipating that she will have a full recovery,” said Dr. Rade Tomic, medical director of the hospital’s lung transplant program.

The patient was not identified but Bharat said she had recently moved to Chicago from North Carolina to be with her boyfriend.

She was otherwise pretty healthy but her condition rapidly deteriorated after she was hospitalized in late April. Doctors waited six weeks for her body to clear the virus before considering a transplant.

Lungs accounted for just 7% of the nearly 40,000 U.S. organ transplants last year. They are typically hard to find and patients often wait weeks on the transplant list.

The Chicago patient was in bad shape, with signs that her heart, kidneys and liver were beginning to fail, so she quickly moved up in line, Bharat said.

On the left are 2 lungs from a healthy patient.

On the right is a #COVID19 infected lung taken from a 20 year old who had a double lung transplant.

The extent and magnitude of damage is severe.https://t.co/vqVOoaYBZU pic.twitter.com/aSUnQEFPY8

— C. Michael Gibson MD (@CMichaelGibson) June 11, 2020

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