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Trump campaign faces legal action for using Village People song YMCA at rallies

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Trump campaign faces legal action for using Village People song YMCA at rallies

US President Donald Trump speaks in the Brady Briefing Room at the White House in Washington, DC on November 5, 2020. - Democrat Joe Biden is leading President Donald Trump in the race for the 270 electoral votes that will put one of them over the top, with the Democrat's campaign asserting they believe he has enough votes to win in key battleground states that remain undecided, like Pennsylvania. (Photo by Brendan Smialowski / AFP)

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The unauthorized use of the 1978 disco anthem YMCA will 'be the subject of a complaint in the next few days'

Lawyers will file a complaint “in the next few days” over the unauthorized use of the Village People hit “YMCA” at campaign rallies for US President Donald Trump, a rights attorney said on Thursday, November 5.

The 1978 disco anthem was used both at rallies and as the soundtrack to a campaign video ahead of the US presidential election on Tuesday, November 3.

The rights holders, including Scorpio Music “have discovered with amazement this misappropriation, moreover for partisan and electoral purposes for the benefit of Donald Trump, which they would never have accepted,” said lawyer Richard Malka,

The unauthorized use of the song will “be the subject of a complaint in the next few days, both in France and in the United States, against any initiator or accomplice of what constitutes outright theft of the property of others,” he said.

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The YMCA song was penned by French writers Jacques Morali and Henri Belolo and Village People lead singer Victor Willis. 

The Village People had hits on both sides of the Atlantic with “YMCA” as well as “In the Navy” and “Macho Man” in the late 1970s.

They became standard bearers for the gay community. – Rappler.com

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