The world’s most iconic music companies may have the legal tools to sue the United States government for damages for allegedly violating their right to freedom of expression, Reuters reported Monday.
Artists, musicians, and music companies have filed lawsuits in Europe and the United Kingdom in response to President Donald Trump’s order that barred entry to people from seven Muslim-majority countries, including those from Iraq, Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, and Yemen.
The companies are suing the Trump administration, the U.S. Department of Justice, the Department of Homeland Security, the European Union, and the International Trade Commission for violating their rights to freedom and expression.
The lawsuits were filed in the U and European courts in both the U-S.
The lawsuit was filed on Monday in the United Arab Emirates, Reuters said.
“We are confident that we will win in the courts and the courts will be fair and we will prevail,” U.K. artist and composer Paul Anka told Reuters.
“I believe we will eventually prevail in these courts, and we are confident about that.
We will get justice and hopefully a new beginning for artists and music in the Middle East,” Anka said.
The American Civil Liberties Union and other groups have also filed lawsuits challenging Trump’s policy, arguing that the policy violates artists’ First Amendment right to free speech.
Trump’s executive order on Saturday banned travel from seven predominantly Muslim countries and a temporary suspension of refugee resettlement in the country.
The order also suspends the U.-S.
refugee program for 120 days.