Noted heavy metal maniac Ozzy Osbourne stepped into American politics when his agents issued the following statement from wife/manager Sharon Osbourne:
Sharon Osbourne statement, on behalf of Ozzy Osbourne, about Donald Trump’s unauthorized use of Osbourne’s “Crazy Train” in what amounts to a Trump/Pence political ad.
“Based on this morning’s unauthorized use of Ozzy Osbourne’s “Crazy Train,” we are sending notice to the Trump campaign (or any other campaigns) that they are forbidden from using any of Ozzy Osbourne’s music in political ads or in any political campaigns. Ozzy’s music cannot be used for any means without approvals.
While his desire to protect his rights to the song remains admirable, the wider question arises over whether this song has become part of American culture, and if using less than thirty seconds of it constitutes “use” or merely reference to a known cultural icon.