Trump tweet using ‘Batman’ music yanked for copyright violation

This is not the first time that President Donald Trump has retweeted controversial fan-made material. (AFP)
Updated 10 April 2019
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Trump tweet using ‘Batman’ music yanked for copyright violation

  • The video garnered 101,000 likes and 31,000 retweets before it was pulled
  • This is not the first time that the president has retweeted controversial fan-made material

WASHINGTON: AA video that President Donald Trump re-tweeted that included the soundtrack of a Batman movie was pulled from his account due to copyright violations.
“First they ignore you, then they laugh at you, then they call you racist,” read the text at the start of the fan-made 2020 Trump campaign video, as pictures of Democrats Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton flashed on the screen.
The video, which Trump reposted Tuesday evening, showed images of his presidency, including his meeting with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un and the confirmation of Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh.
“Your vote proved them all wrong,” the two-minute video said, calling Trump’s 2020 re-election a “great victory.”
The soundtrack of the video was composer Hans Zimmer’s “Why Do We Fall?” from the 2012 movie “The Dark Knight Rises” — and movie Warner Brothers, which owns the Batman franchise, was not happy.
“The use of Warner Bros.’ score from The Dark Knight Rises’ in the campaign video was unauthorized,” the movie studio told Buzzfeed News. “We are working through the appropriate legal channels to have it removed.”


By Wednesday all that was left on Trump’s Twitter feed was a dead link with a message that read “This media has been disabled in response to a report by the copyright owner.”
The video, however, garnered 101,000 likes and 31,000 retweets before it was pulled.
This is not the first time that the president has retweeted controversial fan-made material.
Previous cases include the image of the president body slamming a CNN logo.
Musicians including Pharell Williams and Aerosmith have also complained about Trump using their music for political purposes.


Cat filter appears during Pakistani official’s live-stream briefing

Updated 54 min 26 sec ago
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Cat filter appears during Pakistani official’s live-stream briefing

  • Social media was quick to pounce on the image
  • Politician's team says actions have been taken to prevent “such an incident” in the future

PESHAWAR: It was a mistake that had some people in Pakistan scratching their whiskers.
A regional minister was giving a briefing that was live-streamed on social media last week when viewers noticed officials appeared as cats. Someone had left a cat filter on.
Social media was quick to pounce on the image.
In a statement posted on Twitter, the ruling party’s social media team wrote after investigating it determined “human error” by a hard working volunteer caused the mistake. The team said the cat filter was removed “within a few minutes.”
The team says actions have been taken to prevent “such an incident” in the future.