Tom Petty Estate Blames Kari Lake For Stealing ‘I Won’t Back Down’
Apparently, using other artists’ work without permission doesn’t exclude politicians. Arizona Republican candidate Kari Lake used Tom Petty’s ‘I Won’t Back Down’ to promote her failed campaign without considering his estate’s consent. Tom Petty’s estate threatened legal action against Lake over the use of the track, as reported by Consequence.
Lake, who Donald Trump endorsed during the 2020 elections, had spread mistruths during her campaign and had lost to Katie Hobbs. Lake had posted a video on social media using ‘I Won’t Back Down,’ hinting that she refused to accept the election results and give it to Hobbs, but the video was later taken down.
“The Tom Petty estate and our partners were shocked to find out that Tom’s song ‘I Won’t Back Down’ was stolen and used without permission or a license to promote Kari Lake’s failed campaign,” the late artist’s family said in a November 17 statement and showed their stance about the situation at hand.
The estate also noted, “This is illegal. We are exploring our legal options to stop this unauthorized use and prohibit future misappropriations of Tom’s beloved anthem. Thank you to all the fans who brought this to our attention and helped us protect his legacy every day.”
Tom Petty’s publisher Wixen Music Publishing sent a cease and desist notice to Lake to inform her about the illegal and false narrative use of the track ‘I Won’t Back Down.’ The publisher also clarified to Lake that further use of the song could result in a large amount of financial penalty for infringement.