Statement from Cohen Estate: Unauthorized use of "Hallelujah" as finale to Convention Festivities

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Statement from Cohen Estate: Unauthorized use of "Hallelujah" as finale to Convention Festivities

Post by phillip » Fri Aug 28, 2020 7:48 pm

whats this I hear Trump singing covers of hallelujah and the fans being furious?
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Post by Geoffrey » Fri Aug 28, 2020 11:29 pm

phillip wrote:
Fri Aug 28, 2020 7:48 pm
whats this I hear Trump singing covers of hallelujah and the fans being furious? sounds awful down with trump!!!
Politics is a very divisive subject, Phillip. One can only agree that this is 'news', but if political preferences are to be discussed ("sounds awful down with trump!!!") we might remember that there exists a section here called 'politics' especially created for such messages ;-)
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Re: RNC use of "Hallelujah" as finale to Convention Festivities

Post by MarieM » Sat Aug 29, 2020 12:54 am

STATEMENT:

Following the repeated unauthorized use of Leonard Cohen’s “Hallelujah” during two performances at the Republican National Convention, representatives from Leonard Cohen’s Estate and Sony ATV Music Publishing issued the following statements:

Statement from Michelle L. Rice, Legal Representative of the Cohen Estate:

“We are surprised and dismayed that the RNC would proceed knowing that the Cohen Estate had specifically declined the RNC’s use request, and their rather brazen attempt to politicize and exploit in such an egregious manner “Hallelujah”, one of the most important songs in the Cohen song catalogue. We are exploring our legal options.

Had the RNC requested another song, “You Want it Darker’, for which Leonard won a posthumous Grammy in 2017, we might have considered approval of that song."

Statement from Brian J. Monaco, President, Global Chief Marketing Officer, SONY/ATV Music Publishing:

“On the eve of the finale of the convention, representatives from the Republican National Committee contacted us regarding obtaining permission for a live performance of Leonard Cohen’s “Hallelujah”. We declined their request.”
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Re: RNC use of "Hallelujah" as finale to Convention Festivities

Post by Maarten » Sat Aug 29, 2020 4:56 am

MarieM wrote:
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Had the RNC requested another song, “You Want it Darker’, for which Leonard won a posthumous Grammy in 2017, we might have considered approval of that song."
Best reply ever! 8)

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Re: RNC use of "Hallelujah" as finale to Convention Festivities

Post by Geoffrey » Sat Aug 29, 2020 5:42 am

the webmaster should stop this thread. it is becoming too politically opinionated, and that is no way to encourage interest in leonard's music.
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Re: RNC use of "Hallelujah" as finale to Convention Festivities

Post by MargRz » Sat Aug 29, 2020 7:01 am

Geoffrey wrote:
Sat Aug 29, 2020 5:42 am
the webmaster should stop this thread. it is becoming too politically opinionated, and that is no way to encourage interest in leonard's music.
Using copyrighted material without permission is too politically opinionated? I think it’s simply criminal, don’t you?
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Re: RNC use of "Hallelujah" as finale to Convention Festivities

Post by MargRz » Sat Aug 29, 2020 7:02 am

Maarten wrote:
Sat Aug 29, 2020 4:56 am
MarieM wrote:
Sat Aug 29, 2020 12:54 am
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Had the RNC requested another song, “You Want it Darker’, for which Leonard won a posthumous Grammy in 2017, we might have considered approval of that song."
Best reply ever! 8)
I couldn’t agree more!
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Re: RNC use of "Hallelujah" as finale to Convention Festivities

Post by Geoffrey » Sat Aug 29, 2020 8:20 am

MargRz wrote:
Sat Aug 29, 2020 7:01 am
Using copyrighted material without permission is too politically opinionated? I think it’s simply criminal, don’t you?
i joined this thread because someone wrote "down with trump". that is a political opinion.
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Re: RNC unauthorized use of "Hallelujah" as finale to Convention Festivities

Post by John Etherington » Sat Aug 29, 2020 9:14 am

I hope Biden quickly counteracts Trump by getting permission to play "Democracy" at his rallies!
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Re: RNC unauthorized use of "Hallelujah" as finale to Convention Festivities

Post by Geoffrey » Sat Aug 29, 2020 3:29 pm

John Etherington wrote:
Sat Aug 29, 2020 9:14 am
I hope Biden quickly counteracts Trump by getting permission to play "Democracy" at his rallies!
this is not the place to talk about biden versus trump. you are alienating people from leonard's work, and that is unfortunate.
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Re: Statement from Cohen Estate: Unauthorized use of "Hallelujah" as finale to Convention Festivities

Post by jarkko » Sat Aug 29, 2020 8:32 pm

Leonard Cohen's Estate Slams GOP For Using 'Hallelujah' At RNC
https://www.huffpost.com/entry/leonard- ... 186e36b7cc
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Re: Statement from Cohen Estate: Unauthorized use of "Hallelujah" as finale to Convention Festivities

Post by Eva » Sat Aug 29, 2020 8:59 pm

Very upsetting! I hope they sue!!!I
I tweeted the info to Anderson Cooper at CNN!
It’s not the first time they have used unauthorized music at their rallies! Time to take a stand!
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Re: RNC use of "Hallelujah" as finale to Convention Festivities

Post by galwayowen » Sun Aug 30, 2020 12:32 am

Maarten wrote:
Sat Aug 29, 2020 4:56 am
MarieM wrote:
Sat Aug 29, 2020 12:54 am
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Had the RNC requested another song, “You Want it Darker’, for which Leonard won a posthumous Grammy in 2017, we might have considered approval of that song."
Best reply ever! 8)
Hi Maarten,just thinking of Leonard in The Isle Of Weight 50 years ago this weekend,less mucky than Lisadell!,owen
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Re: Statement from Cohen Estate: Unauthorized use of "Hallelujah" as finale to Convention Festivities

Post by B4real » Sun Aug 30, 2020 12:35 am

Geoffrey had an appropriate reason for his first words but it has now turned into something else and the news has reached Australia too. It's in the Sydney Morning Herald -

https://www.smh.com.au/world/north-amer ... 55qgw.html
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