PHOENIX (3TV/CBS 5) — The Top Petty estate says GOP gubernatorial candidate Kari Lake used one of the late musician’s songs without permission in a recent video posted on social media. Now the estate says it is exploring legal options.
Days after the AP and other news outlets projected Democrat Katie Hobbs as the winner of the Arizona governor’s race, Lake uploaded a campaign video Wednesday featuring Petty’s 1989 hit, “I Won’t Back Down.”
Thursday night, the estate posted the following message:
As of Friday morning, the nearly two-minute video in question appears to have been removed from Lake’s official Twitter account, but is still accessible on her Facebook page.
The same song was played at a June 2020 campaign rally in Oklahoma for former President Donald Trump. The estate then posted a similar message, saying, “Tom Petty would never want a song of his to be used for a campaign of hate. He loved bringing people together.” Petty died in 2017 at the age of 66.
In addition to this video, Lake posted a recorded message Thursday morning where she refused to concede and said she was “gathering evidence and data” regarding claims from eligible Republican voters in Maricopa County.
With just over 10,000 ballots left to count statewide, Hobbs Lake leads by nearly 17,000 votes.
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