The creators of the viral “Harlem Shake” are threatening to take legal action for the use of the song in a video featuring Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Chairman Ajit PaiAjit PaiLobbying world Biden revokes Trump-era order targeting shield for website operators Top Democrat: FCC actions are a 'potential setback' to autonomous vehicles MORE promoting the repeal of net neutrality rules.
Baauer, a DJ whose real name is Harry Rodrigues, said he was “taking action” over the song's use in a tweet Thursday night.
I'm Taking action. Whatever I can do to stop this loser https://t.co/Ajo6wBATdF— Aa (@baauer) December 14, 2017
Produced by conservative news outlet The Daily Caller, the video, released ahead of the FCC's Thursday vote repealing net neutrality regulations, features Pai dancing to the song, which went viral in 2013.
Baauer told Billboard in a statement that the use of the song “obviously comes as a surprise to me as it was just brought to my attention.”
"I want to be clear that it was used completely without my consent or council. My team and I are currently exploring every single avenue available to get it taken down,” he said.
“I support Net Neutrality like the vast majority of this country and am appalled to be associated with its repeal in anyway."
The FCC voted to repeal net neutrality 3-2 on Thursday.
The record label behind the song, Mad Decent, also tweeted that it had issued a “takedown” for the video and would “pursue further legal action if it is not removed.”
Official statement re the use of "Harlem Shake" in Daily Caller's video of FCC Chairman Ajit Pai: neither Mad Decent nor Baauer approved this use nor do we approve of the message contained therein. We have issued a takedown will pursue further legal action if it is not removed.— MAD DECENT (@maddecent) December 15, 2017
The video no longer appears on The Daily Caller's YouTube page, but remains up on the outlet's Facebook page.
The video was already under scrutiny after Gizmodo reported that one of the women dancing alongside Pai was Martina Markota, a video producer for the Daily Caller who in the past has promoted the "Pizzagate” conspiracy theory
The conspiracy theory claims, without evidence, that top Democrats were taking part in a nonexistent pedophile ring run out of a Washington, D.C., pizza restaurant.