(Demerara Waves) Guyanese superstar Eddy Grant is taking legal action against the Donald Trump campaign team for unauthorised use of his 1983 US chart topping hit ‘Electric Avenue’, LOOPTT News reported on Sunday,
According to a press release from Grant’s team, the animated video which was posted to the personal Twitter account of Dan Scavino, White House Deputy Chief of Staff, plays unflattering audio quotes from Biden set to the tune of ‘Electric Avenue,’ as reported by Celebrity Access.
Grant, who is based in Barbados, said: “In my particular case, they have sought to encapsulate my intellectual property into derogatory political rhetoric, further encapsulated in a video production that can only be construed at best as being wicked, thereby causing me considerable emotional distress.”
On August 13, Grant’s legal counsel, Wallace E.J. Collins, issued a cease and desist letter to the Donald Trump campaign team stating that Grant is the singer/songwriter and sole and exclusive rightful copyright owner of the musical composition and sound recording of ‘Electric Avenue’.
In his letter, Collins said: “You have made an unauthorised use of our copyrighted work in connection with the political campaign of Donald Trump.”
“As a result of your wrongful unauthorised Infringing Use in connection with your controversial political campaign, substantial damage and irreparable harm has occurred and will continue to occur to my client and his reputation as an artist when affiliated in any way with your campaign.”