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

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.


Solid gold toilet stolen from English stately home

Updated 14 September 2019

Solid gold toilet stolen from English stately home

  • Toilet was created by Italian artist Maurizio Cattelan and estimated to be worth around £1 million
  • A 66-year-old man was arrested following the burglary at Blenheim Palace

LONDON: A gang of thieves on Saturday stole an 18-carat gold toilet from Britain’s Blenheim Palace, police said, causing flooding that damaged the world-famous stately home.
The fully-functioning toilet, dubbed “America,” was created by Italian artist Maurizio Cattelan and estimated to be worth around £1 million.
A 66-year-old man was arrested following the burglary, which took place before dawn at the 18th-century estate near Oxford, southern England.
The toilet was one of the star attractions in an exhibition of Cattelan’s works that opened on Thursday at the palace, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Visitors were able to book time slots to use it — but only for three minutes each, to limit the queues.
More than 100,000 people used the loo during the year it was on display at New York’s Guggenheim Museum.
“The offenders broke into the palace overnight and left the scene at about 4.50am (0350 GMT). No-one was injured during the burglary,” police said in a statement.
Detective Inspector Jess Milne of Thames Valley Police said she believed “a group of offenders used at least two vehicles” — and left a mess behind them.
“The piece of art that has been stolen is a high-value toilet made out of gold that was on display at the palace,” she said.
“Due to the toilet being plumbed into the building, this has caused significant damage and flooding.”
Blenheim Palace said it was “saddened by this extraordinary event, but also relieved no-one was hurt.”
It closed on Saturday but said it would reopen on Sunday.

The palace is home to the 12th duke of Marlborough and his family, and was also the birthplace of British wartime leader Winston Churchill.
The duke’s brother, Edward Spencer-Churchill, who founded the Blenheim Art Foundation, said last month he was relaxed about security around the gold toilet.
“It’s not going to be the easiest thing to nick,” he told The Times newspaper.
“Firstly, it’s plumbed in and secondly, a potential thief will have no idea who last used the toilet or what they ate. So no, I don’t plan to be guarding it.”
He added: “Despite being born with a silver spoon in my mouth I have never had a shit on a golden toilet, so I look forward to it.”
Cattelan, who is known for his provocative art, has previously described the golden toilet as “one-percent art for the 99 percent.”
The Guggenheim had offered the loo on loan to US President Donald Trump, but he declined.
The Italian artist’s exhibition at Blenheim runs until October 27 and includes a taxidermied horse hoisted onto the ceiling of an ornate reception room.
Blenheim has previously hosted exhibitions of work by Ai WeiWei, Yves Klein, Jenny Holzer, Michelangelo Pistoletto and Lawrence Weiner.
Police said they were looking at CCTV footage to help them in the search for the gold toilet, adding that nothing else was believed to have been stolen.