Tom Petty’s estate slams Kari Lake, who lost the Arizona governor race, for using his song ‘I Won’t Back Down’ in her campaign: ‘This is illegal’

Kari Lake, the Republican candidate for Arizona governor in the 2022 midterms.
Tom Petty’s estate criticized Kari Lake’s campaign for using his song “I Won’t Back Down.”
“This is illegal,” the estate tweeted, adding that Lake’s campaign used the song without permission.
Lake, a Trump-endorsed candidate for Arizona’s governorship, lost to Katie Hobbs.

Tom Petty’s estate said this week it was shocked that Kari Lake, the Trump-backed Republican who lost the Arizona governor race, used his song “I Won’t Back Down” in her campaign.

On Thursday, Petty’s estate tweeted that the 1989 hit song was “stolen and used without permission or a license to promote Kari Lake’s failed campaign.”

“This is illegal. We are exploring all of our legal options to stop this unauthorized use and to prohibit future misappropriations of Tom’s beloved anthem,” the tweet said. “Thank you to all of the fans who brought this to our attention and who help us protect his legacy every day.”

—Tom Petty (@tompetty)

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