Warner Bros Pictures has worked to have one of US President Donald Trump’s Twitter posts taken down due to a copyright issue.
The move came hours after Trump posted a two-minute campaign video on Tuesday to the score from the 2012 blockbuster The Dark Knight Rises. Warner Bros said it was in the process of having the video taken down due to the music being copyrighted.
The use of Warner Bros’ score from The Dark Knight Rises in the campaign video was unauthorised. We are working through the appropriate legal channels to have it removed,” a company spokesperson said in a statement.
The video opens showing Washington, DC, and a number of Democrats, including former US president Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton, who lost to Trump in the 2016 election.
Messages in grey letters pop up on screen across a pure black background. “First they ignore you,” one reads. “Then they laugh at you.” The last reads: Then they call you racist.
As the music intensifies, Trump is shown at rallies and within the White House.
The video shows a variety of pivotal moments during Trump’s first term, including his meeting with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, the confirmation of Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh and the end of special counsel Robert Mueller investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 election. The video shows a headline, saying Mueller’s office found no proof of conspiracy between the Kremlin and Trump’s campaign.
The video ends with messages stretched across the screen, saying your vote proved them all wrong and dubbing Trump’s 2020 election the great victory.
The video amassed 1.85 million views within first five hours of Trump tweeting it to his millions of followers.
It’s unclear whether the president or his campaign created the video. BuzzFeed, which first reported that Warner Bros was seeking to remove the video, also reported that the footage was taken from Reddit.
It’s not the first time Trump has taken heat for using music in his campaigning.
Aerosmith frontman Steven Tyler has demanded Trump stop using his songs at political rallies. The 70-year-old rocker sent Trump a cease-and-desist letter last year after the commander-in-chief played Aerosmith’s hit song “Livin’ on the Edge” at a rally in West Virginia.
Mr Trump is creating the false impression that our client has given his consent for the use of his music, and even that he endorses the presidency of Mr Trump, the letter read.
Tyler’s legal team said Trump’s use of the song is a trademark infringement and a violation of our client’s rights of privacy.