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Pharrell Williams sends legal notice to Trump for playing ‘Happy’ after synagogue massacre

Pharrell Williams Photograph:( Reuters )

WION Web Team New Delhi, Delhi, India Oct 30, 2018, 03.15 PM (IST)

Celebrated singer Pharrell Williams sent a legal warning to Donald Trump for using his hit song ‘Happy’ at a rally that took place just hours after the unfateful Pittsburgh synagogue shooting. 
 
The singer’s attorney, Howard King wrote to Trump in a cease-and-desist letter: “On the day of the mass murder of 11 human beings at the hands of a deranged ‘nationalist,’ you played his song ‘Happy’ to a crowd at a political event in Indiana.”
 
It continued: “There was nothing ‘happy’ about the tragedy inflicted upon our country on Saturday and no permission was granted for your use of this song for this purpose. 
 
“Pharrell Williams is the owner of the copyright in ‘Happy,’ with the exclusive right to exploit same. Pharrell has not, and will not, grant you permission to publicly perform or otherwise broadcast or disseminate any of his music,” it added. 
 
The song was played at the Indiana rally in support of Republican Mike Bost.
 
This is not a one-off incident when an artist has threatened Trump. Earlier this month, Prince’s estate asked Trump to cease using ‘Purple Rain’ at rallies, while Steven Tyler issued a cease-and-desist letter in August after Trump’s rallies broadcasted Aerosmith’s ‘Livin on the Edge.’

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The song was played at the president’s political event in Indiana on Saturday, a rally held just hours after the Pittsburgh synagogue shooting.