Warner Bros files copyright claim after Trump shares video with music from ‘Dark Knight’
Warner Bros. Entertainment is filing a copyright infringement complaint as part of an effort to have a video President Trump shared taken down.
The studio is taking the step because Trump used an instrumental track from the studio’s 2012 film “The Dark Knight Rises” when he posted a move trailer-style video on Twitter on Tuesday, Warner Bros. confirmed to The Hill.
“The use of Warner Bros.’ score from The Dark Knight Rises in the campaign video was unauthorized. We are working through the appropriate legal channels to have it removed,” a Warner Bros. spokesperson said in a statement.
Trump tweeted the two-minute clip with the accompanying message “MAKE AMERICA GREAT AGAIN!”
The clip, which closes with an image of a Trump campaign logo and “2020,” features numerous figures who have criticized the president, including former President Obama, Hillary Clinton, former President Bill Clinton, comedians Amy Schumer and Rosie O’Donnell, and actor Bryan Cranston.
MAKE AMERICA GREAT AGAIN! pic.twitter.com/diXWQHuyGj
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) April 9, 2019
“First they ignore you. Then they laugh at you. Then they call you racist,” says a message at the beginning of the video.
The video later transitions to clips of Trump’s time in the White House, campaign rallies and his meetings with foreign leaders. Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un are shown in the two-minute clip.
It remains unclear who produced the video. The White House did not immediately respond to a request for comment from The Hill.
This isn’t the first time Trump has used pop culture references to promote his agenda. The president promoted sanctions against Iran with a “Game of Thrones”-style meme in November.
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