It's become truly apparent this year that not all heroes wear capes, and this week, the hero has taken form in the body of beloved musician Neil Young, who decided to sue president Donald Trump in August 2020.
Young has reportedly dropped the case this month, after filing a copyright infringement lawsuit against the president after the use of songs “Rockin’ in the Free World” and “Devil’s Sidewalk” was repeatedly used throughout Trump’s presidential campaign trail without permission. This has obviously come to an end now, resulting in a landslide loss to president-elect Joe Biden, despite the fact that Trump refuses to acknowledge such. As the Trump administration begins to wrap up, The Guardian reports that Young's lawsuit is doing so, too. He reportedly voluntarily dismissed the case “with prejudice” in a New York court on December 7. Unfortunately for Young this means that he will not be allowed to bring the case to court again, however, there is speculation that the case was privately settled outside of the courthouse. We hope you got what you came for, Neil.
Young has made no secret of his disdain towards the president during the Trump administration, with the copyright infringement complaint stating that Young “cannot allow his music to be used as a ‘theme song’ for a divisive, un-American campaign of ignorance and hate”. He stated that Trump had played his songs as far back as 2015, and claimed he did not have a licence to play them.
Trump on the other hand, is a self-proclaimed mega-fan of Young's, despite his initial deflective comment, stating “Rockin’ in the Free World was just one of 10 songs used as background music. Didn’t love it anyway.” Young has expressed his disdain for Trump over the years but has made a point of explicitly separating himself from the president in 2020, with the lawsuit to prove it. Earlier this year in February, Young declared that president Trump is “a disgrace to my country.” Looks like the damage is done, boys.