Baraboo, WI asked in Civil Rights, Constitutional Law and Federal Crimes for Wisconsin

Q: Is it legal to make a song about killing the president?

And if a disclaimer were used such as "I DO NOT MEAN ANY ACTUAL HARM ONTO THE PRESIDENT", would that suffice?

1 Lawyer Answer
William F Sulton Esq.
William F Sulton Esq.
  • Civil Rights Lawyer
  • Milwaukee, WI
  • Licensed in Wisconsin

A: The short answer is yes. And you do not need a disclaimer. There are hundreds of songs about killing political figures. There is a different between artistry and threats. And there is a different between speech and true threats. I assume you fall squarely within the artistry and First Amendment categories.

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