Maybe even champions make mistakes sometimes. Donald Trump’s United States Presidential campaign, along with the American Republican Party’s 2016 convention organizers, may have taken liberties with at least one song on their soundtracks. Queen’s “We Are the Champions” has echoed through Trump campaign rallies and the widely televised July 2016 GOP convention. And Queen is apparently not amused.

Rocking stadiums since the 1970s

The popular and award-winning song, written by the late Freddie Mercury (1946-1991), was released by the British rock band in 1977. The single appeared on News of the World, the band’s sixth album.

Band members at the time included John Deacon, Freddie Mercury, Brian May, and Roger Taylor. “We Are the Champions” has since become a crowd-pleasing staple at major sporting events and other large gatherings. However, such usages legally require permissions and possible licensing, which seems to have been overlooked by the Republicans.

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There’s this crazy little thing called "copyright" that may trump crowd appeal, even for Trump. Queen’s own Facebook and Twitter accounts sport recent posts protesting the Trump and GOP uses of their song. The British rockers have reportedly labeled the political airings of their song as unauthorized. If their protest holds water, so to speak, then the campaign replays of the single have not exactly been politically correct.

Obtaining the legal rights to play published songs is commonly considered paying one’s dues. Those who fail to do so may not do time, so to speak, but it can be tagged a crime. The proverbial jury is still out on what will happen, as the GOP’s now-official 2016 Presidential candidate takes his bows and curtain calls at Cleveland’s Quicken Loans Arena and GOP campaign venues in the months to come, from now through Election Day in early November.

Will the tune in question be scratched from the Republican POTUS nominee's soundtrack?

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Additional top Queen singles are “Another One Bites the Dust,” “Bohemian Rhapsody,” “Don’t Stop Me Now,” “Killer Queen,” “Somebody to Love,” and “We Will Rock You.”The Queen song in question, “We Are the Champions,” may be heard in several motion pictures, including A Knight’s Tale, Chicken Little, D2: The Mighty Ducks, High Fidelity, Kicking and Screaming, Mickey Blue Eyes, Revenge of the Nerds, and What Happens in Vegas.

Film fans may safely assume the producers went through proper channels, obtaining licensing for the song usages.

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