Copyright Infringement

Trump vs. Linkin Park in Video Copyright Complaint

After a copyright infringement complaint from Linkin Park, Twitter has removed a campaign video retweeted by President Trump. The band stated that it had not given the Trump campaign permission to use their song “In the End,” which plays in the video’s background. The video featured images of President Trump as well as excerpts from his inaugural speech.

The band, which does not endorse Trump, said that they were issuing a cease and desist order.

In a statement, Twitter said that they respond to legitimate copyright complaints sent to them by the material’s copyright owner or an authorized representative, in compliance with their copyright policy. The copyright notice was sent to Lumen Database, a nonprofit transparency initiative.  

The retweet with the video is no longer visible on President Trump’s Twitter feed, but the original tweet from Dan Scavino, the White House deputy chief of staff for communications, was still live as of Sunday, without the video.

It isn’t the first time Trump’s tweets elicited copyright complaints. Twitter disabled a campaign video that had images of George Floyd, who died May 25 after an officer kneeled on his neck, due to a DMCA complaint from the copyright owner.

(The Verge – July 19, 2020 – Kim Lyons)

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