- 03 Oct 19
The US president was found to be in breach of a copyright issue over video which used Nickleback's 'Photograph' and which took aim at political rival Joe Biden
A video posted by Donald Trump has been removed from Twitter following a copyright claim by the rock band Nickelback.
The video was an attack on the Democratic candidate Joe Biden, opening with a clip of him saying he had never discussed business dealings with his son Hunter.
Trump’s efforts to encourage the Ukrainian president to investigate Hunter Biden lie at the centre of an impeachment inquiry launched by House Democrats last week.
Following the Biden clip, the clip posted by Trump cuts to an edit of Nickelback's 2005 music video for their single 'Photograph'. In the original video, the vocalist Chad Kroeger holds a picture to the camera.
In Trump’s edit, Kroeger’s photograph is replaced by one taken in 2014 that shows both the Bidens on a golf course with Devon Archer, a colleague of Hunter’s, labelled in the edit as a “Ukraine gas exec”.
This is not the first time that the American president has been censored for copyright infringement on Twitter. In April, a campaign advert, scored with the soundtrack to the Batman film The Dark Knight Rises, was removed following a takedown notice from copyright holder Warner Bros.
This is also not the first time a President - or Presidential candidate - has landed themselves into controversy over their use of popular songs as political statements.
Back in 2012, Philomena Lynott famously reacted strongly against the use of Thin Lizzy's 'Boys Are Back In Town' being used by Paul Ryan, who was the vice-presidential candidate for Republican nominee Mitt Romney.
"I am really upset at Philip's music being used in Mitt Romney's campaign in a political way that Philip would not have approved of," she told Hot Press. "As far as I am concerned, Mitt Romney's opposition to gay marriage and to civil unions for gays makes him anti-gay – which is not something that Philip would have supported. He had some wonderful gay friends, as indeed I do, and they deserve equal treatment in every respect, whether in Ireland or the United States.
"Neither would Philip have supported his policy of taxing the poor and offering tax cuts to the rich, which Paul Ryan is advocating. There is certainly no way that I would want the Lynott name to be associated with any of those ideas."