Donald Trump stole music from the cinematic score from The Dark Knight Rises for a 2020 reelection campaign video that was promptly taken down after Warner Bros. Studios filed a complaint for copyright infringement.
Tuesday’s video had already amassed over a million views before it was removed hours after posting, according to Buzzfeed News.
— Variety (@Variety) April 10, 2019
He knows all too well the violation in using unauthorized music, or does he? This is just another example of the reckless behavior of someone in power doing as he pleases and feigning ignorance.
But the jokester in the Oval Office outplays the Joker every time.
The 2020 campaign video, set to the score from the "The Dark Knight Rises," was unavailable just hours after Trump posted it to Twitter. pic.twitter.com/W1ObFKIojD
— USA TODAY (@USATODAY) April 10, 2019
A spokesperson for Warner Bros. issued a statement on Tuesday, confirming its plan to have the video removed.
“The use of Warner Bros.’ score from The Dark Knight Rises in the campaign video was unauthorized. We are working through the appropriate legal channels to have it removed.”
Copyright is just another law to be broken for this Admin.
— Bill Hoover (@daHoovster) April 9, 2019
The two-minute video utilized Hans Zimmer’s song “Why Do We Fall?” from 2012’s The Dark Knight Rises, the final installment from Christopher Nolan’s Batman trilogy.
— dom nero (@dominicknero) April 9, 2019
Here is a snippet of what was heard from Trump’s campaign video.
Buzzfeed described the video as a montage of prominent Democratic figures like Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton, comedians Rosie O’Donnell and Amy Schumer, juxtaposed against images of Trump during his first two years in office.
The superimposed text read:
“First they ignore you, then they laugh at you, then they call you racist.”
— GuillaumeTC (@GuillaumeTC) April 10, 2019
Someone managed to get a hold of the obsolete ad.
This is the video that was censored.
— Jayne (@Jayne720) April 10, 2019
Yeah, “one would think.” But we’re not dealing with a normal administration here.
One would think he and his campaign staff would know a little more at this point about copyright infringement & music licensing based on all the past violations, as opposed to thinking they can continue to take other people’s music and use it for free without paying for it.
— Real Housecat Hans (@tuxedohans) April 10, 2019
As usual, #Trump just steals what he wants, refuses to pay and then says, “Sue me.”
Just the guy we need as #LeaderOfTheFreeWorld.
— charlievp (@charlievp) April 10, 2019
Buttttt I’m President and I do what I want! pic.twitter.com/9ioDZhKC91
— Sean Champagne ???? (@seanchampagnenw) April 10, 2019
Buzzfeed interestingly noted that after AT&T acquired WarnerMedia — whose assets include Warner Bros. — the U.S. Justice Department failed to block the Time Warner merger as one of Trump’s 2016 failed campaign promises.
Gotham City is no match for Washington when the president of the U.S. has gone bats***.