Trump is once again in trouble for using music to promote himself without permission.
Trump battled Batman, and lost.
On Tuesday, Trump released a new campaign ad on Twitter, but hours later the video was taken down because of copyright infringement issues, according to Buzzfeed News. The video used part of the score from 2012's "The Dark Knight Rises," a film in the Batman franchise.
"The use of Warner Bros.' score from The Dark Knight Rises in the campaign video was unauthorized," a Warner Bros. spokesperson said. "We are working through the appropriate legal channels to have it removed."
The video has been removed, but Trump's tweet remains. Instead of a video, the following message appears: "The media has been disabled in response to a report by the copyright owner."
According to Buzzfeed, the video first appeared on Reddit, but it is unclear if the original creator obtained permission to use the soundtrack. The two-minute video had no dialogue, and relied on images of Trump juxtaposed with high-profile Democrats such as Hillary Clinton and President Barack Obama, as well as celebrities Rosie O'Donnell, Amy Schumer, and "Breaking Bad" star Bryan Cranston. Along with the soaring music, the following words appeared on screen: "First they ignore you, then they laugh at you, then they call you racist."
This is not Trump's first time running into issues from using music without permission. The Rolling Stones, Adele, The Turtles, Michael Stipe of R.E.M., Steven Tyler of Aerosmith, The O'Jays, Neil Young, and Earth, Wind & Fire have all taken issue with Trump using their music at campaign rallies. Pharrell Williams lawyer sent a cease and desist letter when Trump played his song, "Happy," at rallies the same day a gunman killed 11 people in a Pittsburgh synagogue.
Trump has appropriated other cultural references into his governing and campaigning. He once used a "Game of Thrones"-style poster with the words "Sanctions are coming" to refer to U.S. sanctions against Iran. HBO, which owns the trademark for "Game of Thrones," criticized Trump for misappropriating the trademark.
The White House had no comment about Trump's latest effort to misuse intellectual property.
Published with permission of The American Independent.