Marjorie Taylor Greene agrees to stop using Dr. Dre’s music after being slapped with cease and desist for using his song in Congressional video
Marjorie Taylor Greene has agreed to stop using Dr. Dre’s music after she was slapped with a cease and desist letter from the rapper following usage of his song in a video promoting the new House Republican majority.
The Republican representative, who used a riff of his track Still D.R.E. in her video, informed Dre’s attorney she would no longer be using his ‘copyright’ in a letter sent from her staff and obtained by TMZ.
‘On behalf of Congresswoman Greene, please be advised that no further use of Mr. Young’s copyright will be made by a political committee or via social media outlet she controls,’ the letter in part read. ‘Nothing herein shall be deemed an admission of any fact or waiver of any rights or defenses,’ it added.
Marjorie Taylor Greene has agreed to stop using Dr. Dre’s music after she was slapped with a cease and desist letter from the rapper following usage of his song in a video promoting the new House Republican majority
Greene’s letter was submitted well ahead of a deadline imposed by Dre’s lawyer Howard King in the earlier cease and desist, which urged her to provide ‘written confirmation’ of agreement with the demands by January 11, 5PM EST.
Greene defiantly slammed the rapper – whose legal name is Andre Young – over his lyrics before receiving the letter.
‘While I appreciate the creative chord progression, I would never play your words of violence against women and police officers, and your glorification of the thug life and drugs,’ Greene told TMZ and later tweeted.
On Monday morning, Greene posted a video of herself walking through her House office building, on the phone with former President Donald Trump late Friday night and taking a selfie with new House Speaker Kevin McCarthy.
Legal battle: The Republican representative, who used a riff of his track Still D.R.E. in her video, informed Dre’s attorney she would no longer be using his ‘copyright’ in a letter sent from her staff and obtained by TMZ
Greene tweeted a statement she gave to TMZ going after rapper Dr. Dre, after his lawyer went after he for using ‘Still D.R.E.’ in a video the Georgia Republican put on social media Monday
‘It’s time to begin.. and they can’t stop what’s coming,’ she wrote, with the well-known tune of ‘Still D.R.E.’ playing throughout the under two minute-long video.
A lawyer for the rapper was able to get Twitter to pull the video down.
In its place, the social media site said: ‘This media has been disabled in response to a report by the copyright owner.’
The cease and desist letter from Dre’s lawyer obtained by TMZ trashed the Georgia lawmaker.
‘You are wrongfully displaying this work through the various social media outlets to promote your divisive and hateful political agenda,’ lawyer Howard King wrote.
Dr. Dre’s lawyer was able to get Twitter to pull down the Georgia congresswoman’s video after she used a riff of ‘Still D.R.E.’ in a spot to promote the new Republican House majority
King wrote that Dre would never grant Greene permission to use his music.
‘One might expect that, as a member of Congress, you would have a passing familiarity with the laws of our country,’ King said.
‘It’s possible, though, that laws governing intellectual property are a little too arcane and insufficiently populist for you to really have spent much time on,’ the lawyer continued. ‘We’re writing because we think an actual lawmaker should be making laws not breaking laws, especially those embodied in the constitution by the founding fathers.’
King noted that the United States Copyright Act forbids politicians from using musicians’ songs for political campaigns unless the official gets permission from the copyright holder – ‘a step you failed to take,’ the lawyer told Greene.
‘Demand is hereby made that you cease and desist from any further unauthorized use of Andre Young’s music,’ King said.
With that, Greene knocked Dre on Twitter, suggesting his music, from the 1990s Gangsta rap era, was sexist and gratuitous.