Singer Phil Collins, father of the other Lily, has been having quite the month. His team has been sending C&D letters to the Trump campaign as they keep playing his song, "In the Air Tonight" at rallies.
As you know, we are counsel for Phil Collins and for his service company, Philip Collins Limited.
We wrote you on June 24, 2020 demanding that the Trump campaign cease infringing the musical copyright in the musical work “In the Air Tonight.” Another copy of our June 24, 2020 letter is attached. Our previous letter also noted that the campaign’s use of the work constituted an implied and false endorsement of Mr. Trump. It also noted Mr. Collin’s express and unequivocal statement that he wants no affiliation whatsoever with The President or the Trump campaign.
We did not receive the courtesy of a response to our letter.
We now have learned that the Trump campaign has continued its improper use of “In the Air Tonight.” Most recently, the Trump campaign used that work during an Iowa campaign rally on October 14, 2020. That use was not only wholly unauthorized but, as various press articles have commented, particularly inappropriate since it was apparently intended as a satirical reference to Covid-19. That reference was made at a time when Iowa was suffering from an acceleration of Covid-19 infection. Mr. Collins does not condone the apparent trivialization of Covid-19. Moreover, Mr. Collins has serious concerns that the manner in which the Trump campaign has used “In the Air Tonight” has caused, and will cause, damage to Mr. Collins’ reputation and popularity with the public.
Under the circumstances, we renew our demand for immediate assurances that the Trump campaign will permanently cease and desist from any further use of Mr. Collins’ name, performance and music at any future rallies or otherwise.
ALSO, his ex-wife since 2006, Orianne Cevey (though they apparently got back together in 2016), has allegedly taken up armed occupation in their Miami home where he wants to spend Christmas with his teen sons. He has filed a lawsuit against her and according to it, he gave her a move-out deadline of October 12 after she married another man in August. He claims that she has “taken possession of the Property by a show of force,” allegedly hiring “armed guards to patrol the Property with openly displayed firearms.”
Her attorney responded: “Orianne’s only motive is to remain in her home until a fair settlement is resolved. She has never interfered in Mr. Collins’ ability to see or interact with his children and encourages their relationship. Instead of his Trumpian disinformation campaign, his hidden cameras and private investigators, perhaps Mr. Collins should clean up his own act, literally and figuratively, and honor the commitments he made to Orianne when they moved in together.”