Tom Petty Estate Demands Failed Candidate Kari Lake Back After Unauthorized Use Of Song In Ad

A day after the estate Isaac Hayes threatened with legal action against twice-impeached President Donald Trump for unauthorized use of a song, one of the former reality TV star’s most vocal supporters made a similar request not to play.

“That Tom Petty The Estate and our partners were shocked to learn that Tom’s song ‘I Won’t Back Down’ was stolen and used without permission or license to promote Kari Lake’s failed campaign,” the late estate said. cut icon tweeted Thursday night (Nov. 17) after Lake released a campaign video cued to the beloved 1989 single.

Lake, one of a number of prominent Trump-endorsed campaigners who failed in their bids in the midterm elections, dropped the ad on Wednesday. The two-minute spot features a montage of Lake posing with Trump, brandishing a rifle while hunting, smashing TVs playing CNN and talking to Arizona residents with no voice-over or sound beyond Petty’s trail.

“This is illegal,” Petty’s camp continued. “We are exploring all of our legal options to stop this unauthorized use and prohibit future misappropriation of Tom’s beloved anthem. Thank you to all the fans who brought this to our attention and who help us protect his legacy every day.”

Former local Fox news anchor Lake lost her Arizona gubernatorial bid to Democrat Katie Hobbs, but in keeping with her election denial stance, has so far refused to concede the race while offering baseless, unproven allegations of voter fraud. Petty’s estate had a similar reaction when then-President Trump used “Won’t Back Down” at a campaign rally in June 2020.

During the five years of his campaigns and presidency, artists ranging from Adele to Bruce Springsteen, Elton John, REM, Aerosmith, Panic! at the disco, Guns N’ Roses, The Rolling Stones, Rihanna and Leonard Cohen’s, Petty and Prince’s estates protested loudly to Trump playing their music at his rallies. At press time, a spokesperson for Lake could not be reached for comment on the Petty estate’s tweet.

Hayes’ estate said it was exploring all legal options after Trump played Sam & Dave’s “Hold On I’m Coming” — co-written by Hayes — at his Tuesday campaign event, where the legally embattled real estate developer announced his third bid at the White House.

See the Petty estate’s statement below.

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