Dr. Dre has officially requested that Marjorie Taylor Green, a Georgia Republican lawmaker, to stop utilizing his music in order to protect himself from further legal action.
According to TMZ, Dre’s lawyer Howard E. King sent the official cease and desist notice on Monday (January 9), giving her two business days to take down any unapproved uses of the song “Still D.R.E.” on her social media sites.
Marjorie Taylor Green’s controversial Twitter post on Monday included a video of her walking through Congress while Dr. Dre’s 1999 hit was playing in the background. In the letter, King chastised Green for breaking the rules outlined in the United States Constitution.
The multi-platinum singer informed TMZ that his music had been used without his permission after learning about the tweet, saying “I don’t license my music to politicians, especially someone as divisive and bigoted as this one.”
Dr. Dre’s objection was underlined in Howard E. King’s letter, and Marjorie Taylor Greene was charged with “wrongfully utilizing [“Still D.R.E.”] through the different social media sites to promote [her] divisive and bigoted political agenda.”
“One might expect that, as a member of Congress, you would have a passing familiarity with the laws of our country,” King wrote. “It’s possible, though, that laws governing intellectual property are insufficiently populist for you to really have spent much time on. 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.”
He continued: “The United States Copyright Act says a lot of things, but one of the things it says is that you can’t use someone else’s song for your political campaign promotions unless you get permission from the owner of the copyright in the song, a step you failed to take.”
Greene was given until Wednesday (January 11) at the close of business by Dr. Dre’s legal team to take down the post and respond in writing.
The team of Dr Dre had previously gotten in touch with Twitter before issuing the cease and desist, which caused the tweet to be taken down. In response, Marjorie Taylor Green sent the Aftermath executive a message via a statement to TMZ, which she then posted on Twitter with the hashtag “The next episode..”
“While I appreciate the creative chord progression,” the statement read, “I would never play your words of violence against women and police officers, and your glorification of the thug life and drugs.”
Marjorie Taylor Greene became well-known across the country in 2021 as a result of Democrats in the House of Representatives calling for her resignation due to several contentious comments she made on Facebook in 2018 and 2019.
A CNN investigation revealed multiple posts in which Greene called for the death penalty for a number of well-known Democrats, leading to the decision. The Georgia lawmaker, who was chosen to serve in the House in 2020, also published posts in support of the theory that the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, in 2018 was staged and made a number of antisemitic and anti-Catholic comments.
Marjorie Taylor Greene spoke to the House Republican Conference in February 2021 after her Democratic colleagues started pushing for her to be censured. She claimed that her since-deleted social media posts did not accurately represent who she is. According to CNN, her Twitter account was suspended no less than five times in the same year for breaking the platform’s rules against spreading false information.
Marjorie Taylor Green’s membership on all legislative committees has been eliminated, despite the fact that she is still Georgia’s congressional representative.
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