John Oliver and some of America’s favorite recording artists remind politicians not to use their songs without permission on the campaign trail.
Why is this the best song I’ve heard this year?
Loved the clip until the Spotify joke… artists get paid almost the same on Spotify as they do for the radio. Both of which, the artist chooses to be played on, and almost every known artist in the world is played on both platforms. I could go on but, let’s be honest, who’s really still reading this comment at this point?
That awkward moment, when you see signs at the RNC that says *Hispanics Para Trump*, then you realize they’re supposed to say *Hispanics Por Trump*, and they’re all being held up by White people instead of Hispanics
I loathe Donald Trump and certainly think so much of his RNC should be criticized but at the same time he may have legal right to use said music.
Many of these musicians sign on with record labels, distributors and companies in order to make so much money and those companies have legal rights to distribute that music as they see fit. If the Trump campaign or the RNC paid those distributors, Queen can be upset but it isn’t really wrong for him to do so. I really tire of people being perfectly happy to take large sums of money but after they get them suddenly taking moral stands. If you don’t want Trump, Hillary, Huckabee, Sanders, or some other candidate to appropriate your music, think before you sign contracts.
I’m all for criticizing politicians for doing things that are stupid or terrible but stop trying to create false impressions of wrongdoing out of nothing. It make you just as bad as they do when they lie.
God damn they even got Heart in here? I legit though at least one of the two main girls would have passed away by now. glad to be wrong!
what was Michael Stipes reaction to DT using rems song?
song of the year! XD
Who are the artists?
john oliver save USA
I know the Left isn’t big on the free speech thing but using songs for campaigns DOES actually fall under copyright law and is technically legal. Especially when it is a one off thing.
Oh Usher, you dog
I thought Wolfman Jack died years ago. Wait… John Mellenwho?
Perhaps the artist should put out a massive list to say don’t use their songs.
Can I get a list of all those musicians?
They don’t sue because they can’t. It’s not theft, because generally speaking these campaigns pay to use these songs. Usually these things aren’t negotiated with the artist, but with organizations like BMI. There’s a lot of factual errors in this video unfortunately.
I was expecting to see bruce springsteen i think i have the right to be disappointed
<3 <3 <3
HOLY SHIT.. this video was worth the wait
No idea who any of those people singing are. But they SHOULD sue.
Please tell me this is on ITunes. Please.
is that usher?
Actually, it is totally alright for them to do this. If there is a legal issue with rights that is one thing, but there is no reason to capitulate to the wishes of people who do not own their own music. Most musicians rail against capitalism and rake in gigantic benefits from a free market system, so I am completely unsympathetic that they deal with a small downside to this hypocrisy.
It’s sort of funny that it’s specifically targeting the republicans that did it.. but it’s not like democrats are innocent angels that never did it haha
As long as the venue is paying their ASCAP fees, they already have all the licensing required. There’s no legal need to get permission from each artist specifically.
“…If I wanted to sing and not get paid. I’d be on Spotify” LOL
Artists don’t own their own songs. There is not copyright breach. Any event can buy a license that allows them to play copyrighted materials and then the publication company will distribute the royalties. The only problem here is that the artists don’t seem to like the politics using them. No way they can sue.
SEND THE FREE SONG TO THE CAMPAIGNS ASAP
anyone else go look up “born in the usa” with lyrics
so funny trump is so on point about everything that the only bullshit you faggots can come up with is the fucking song he used ..grow up and accept improvement retards ..
taylor swift would’ve loved to be part of this bit.
The Trump campaign has become the plot from “The Producers”; he’s been doing everything in his power to sabotage his campaign, like he thinks he can make more money from a flop than he can with a hit.
Who were all those artists who sang at the end?
an usher and imagen dragon song would be epic
Musicians in order of appearance, please
As usual, John, you guys don’t disappoint. I’m really going to miss you when Trump has you deported.
Who are ANY of those people singing?
Why do youtubers get some of their video’s removed for using even just a few seconds of a song, while presidential elections can get away with this?
When an artist signs up with a Performing Rights Organization, don’t they lose the right to deny licensing to a specific entity?
I want to buy that song so I can play it all the time
Most of those songs (Queen’s for sure) are properly licensed for use in a venue like the RNC. Artists who don’t maintain control of their music by selling to companies like BMI will see their stuff played everywhere. All they can do is cry about it because playing it is legal. When Huckabee played Eye of the Tiger, he was sued for not having the license. $25k awarded. That’s an exception because Survivor wholly owns the rights to that song. This is probably why you hear We Are the Champions freaking everywhere all the time.
I don’t know any of the people in the song
I might recognize the names, but they didn’t show them on screen…
hoped Mick Jagger would show up at the end tbh. still great tho
I’d still bang the blonde chick from Heart. She won’t call me tho :(
Damn that was so fucking good
mistake ? people can’t ban other people to use music, even is the political opponent
just die dudes
Haha! Love the song! So creative!
didn’t colbert do this with jack black?
this show is amazing!
I litterally hate this song.
I get the message, but the song is lame. Or was it supposed to be lame?
When it comes to bad use of a song, this reminds me of the time the BBC used Lou Reed’s Perfect day in a self promoting ad….. and it was on TV repeatedly for about a year!! 5granted, it was a good cover of the song,but it’s about heroin, for fuck’s sake!)
Why didn’t the audience cheer for most of the artists singing? Didn’t they recognise these artists?
That song is so catchy
A few humble suggestions: Stoopid by Snot Vicarious by Tool Sorrow by Bad Religion The Remedy by Puscifer Refuse/Resist by Sepultura Too Many Puppies by Primus Soldier Side by System of a Down Counting Bodies Like Sheep to the Rhythm of the War Drums by A Perfect Circle
I’m waiting for the politician to walk out to a j dilla song
I bet you that John Oliver will not make a video about the DNC Leaks, or Hillary Clintos email scandal but will slander Republicans all the time.
Damn it, is this song what we waited 3 fucking weeks for?
Trump has forever ruined one of the best songs ever made. R.I.P. Queen
It’s clear John hates Trump with a passion. I don’t mind, but I worry it will compromise his objectivity.
Which singing voice from this song would you take?
Two John Oliver videos in a day??!?!? It’s a bloody Australian miracle
Man, Sheryl Crow still looks amazing.
Somehow this sounds like “we are the world”
Why doesn’t this have more views?
besides Michael Bolton and usher who else is singing?
Musicians complaining but doing nothing because it’s against politicians but if I download a song, you’d send the FBI after me? F- off! KAT paid for the music and itunes tracked him, then used the government to shut him down. Now I know why they have a high pitch, they got a broom stuck up their arse!
I’m reminded of Weird Al’s “Don’t Download This Song” for some reason…
Why not sue? It would not be about the money but getting them to admit they did it out in the public. It does not look good to be high and mighty about crime and then get caught with your hand in the cookie jar. If all artists slapped him with suits NOW, the negative press will really hurt him.
John really knows how to come back from a break. Don’t Steal Our Songs!!
Well if this is for Trump… You’re screwed since he’ll probably use it just to be… Trump i guess…
The song reminds me of Weird Al’s ‘Don’t Download This Song”.
Another comment, regarding listening to the lyrics of a song. Bill Clinton used Fleetwood Mac’s “Don’t Stop (thinking about tomorrow)”. He may or may not have missed the lyrics
“All I want is to see you smile, If it takes just a little while, I know you don’t believe that it’s true, I never meant any harm to you.”
lol the songs nothing really John not Hillary’s emails
am in stitches–“u cant use this song either, but you can use the free cat song”
Is this shit on ITunes!?!?! Thats the best song ever!!!! Specially since its low key for Trump! Lol
I recognised none of those musicians. Might be because I’m not American :P
Why don’t they sue?
Wonder if Trump will use Morris Albert’s “Feelings”
You can’t have good without evil. Republicans are the evil ones…
Who are in the music video? What’s the original song?
I lost it when the cat was walking on the keys. Highlight of my day.
My guys, R.E.M. spoke out against it hardcore.
the most homophobic political party in America plays Freddy Mercury? also Cheryl Crowe just gets more beautiful as the years go by.
How about when King Henry used Mozart’s 5th symphony?
No one will be using your song at their convention. You’re trash.
Don’t the copyright thing is belong to the ASCAP instead of those singers or song writers?
This show has given me an honest addiction.
Jeb Bush used an anti-Bush song during his campaign. Politicians are trash
“If I want to sing and not get paid, I’d be on Spotify”
He caught himself almost saying the Trumpish “many, many…” in the beginning!
Nek minute Trump uses this just to shit in our faces………….. again
Fuck me, usher!
i wish Chris Martin showed up for a few seconds before John tells him no one wants you here …
John better do the right thing and tear into Hillary as well next week. Neither party should go unscathed this year. In fact, both should probably be destroyed by their own stupidity and corruption. Then the third partys shall rise from their ashes and present the American people with more than two extremely shitty options.
He did tear into the Dems as well in the next video including Benghazi and E-mail as example
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