Trump Tweet Removed by Twitter Following a Warner Bros. Copyright Claim
Warner Bros. Pictures filed a copyright infringement claim on one of President Trump’s tweets for his 2020 campaign last night. The tweet was removed.
The video used part of Hans Zimmer’s score from the 2012 movie, The Dark Knight Rises.
The president’s post quickly gained traction online, where people began pointing out the score. Several people tweeted Hans Zimmer himself to ask if the composer knew about the use of his work.
Shortly after people began to take notice of the soundtrack’s use, the tweet’s content disappeared.
Warner Bros. confirmed last night that the request had been filed.
“The use of Warner Bros.’ score […] in the campaign video was unauthorized. We are working through the appropriate legal channels to have it removed.”
By late Tuesday night, the video was no longer available on Trump’s feed. A message saying the video was no longer available due to a copyright claim now appears on the tweet.
The track in question is called ‘Why Do We Fall’ from the The Dark Knight Rises soundtrack. In the removed video, Trump raises his fist in the air as the music swells to a rising crescendo. The text accompanying the video draws comparisons to a misattributed quote Trump tweeted during his campaign.
The quote — “First they ignore you, then they laugh at you, then they fight you, then you win” — is often misattributed to Mahatma Gandhi, though there is no evidence the revolutionary uttered this phrase.
The video Trump tweeted originated on YouTube and was available until this (Wednesday) morning. The video’s creator, MateyProductions, cites Zimmer’s score in the credits of that video. There’s no indication that permission was obtained to use the track, however.
The video now shows as unavailable due to a copyright claim from Warner Bros. Entertainment.
The video is titled, “President Donald Trump 2020 trailer” and features hashtags like #Trump2020 and #MAGA. It spread rapidly on social media via Reddit and Twitter, garnering 68K views before the copyright claim removed it.
It wasn’t clear whether Twitter would remove the post in question. In the past, Twitter has refused to remove content tweeted by the president that clearly violates their policies because he is a ‘World Leader’.
“Blocking a world leader from Twitter or removing their controversial Tweets would hide important information people should be able to see and debate,” a Twitter blog post reads.
But all it takes is a copyright infringement claim to remove a tweet from a ‘World Leader,’ it seems.