Twitter removes Trump Nickelback clip featuring Bidens after copyright complaint

Twitter has removed a video President TrumpDonald John TrumpZuckerberg launches public defense of Facebook as attacks mount Trump leaning toward keeping a couple hundred troops in eastern Syria: report Warren says making Israel aid conditional on settlement building is 'on the table' MORE shared that inserted a picture of former Vice President Joe Biden and his son with a Ukrainian gas company executive into a Nickelback music video

The tech company made the move Wednesday night following a copyright claim from Warner Music Group, which owns the rights to the song.


The post centered around Trump's effort to defend his interactions with Ukraine and portray Biden as a corrupt politician. Trump's push to have Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky investigate the Biden family is at the center of the House Democrats' formal impeachment inquiry. 

The video, which has made the rounds in conservative media in recent days, focuses on a 2014 photo of the Bidens with Devon Archer, who served on the board of the Ukrainian natural gas company Burisma Holdings. 

The photo of the three is at one point inserted into the music video for Nickelback’s 2005 song “Photograph." The picture appears as vocalist Chad Kroeger holds a picture to the camera and sings, "look at this photograph."

Twitter removed the video within 12 hours of the president posting it, according to The Guardian. The section of the tweet where the clip initially appeared now includes the message: “This media has been disabled in response to a report by the copyright owner.”

A Twitter spokesperson confirmed to The Hill that the company removed the video after responding to a valid copyright claim under the Digital Millennium Copyright Act. According to its policies, Twitter responds to complaints sent from copyright owners or their authorized representatives.

Trump and his personal attorney, Rudy GiulianiRudy GiulianiHurd: No Ukrainian officials have told State Department 'they felt like their arms were being twisted' House Democrat pledges 'there will be open hearings' in impeachment inquiry Combatting fake news on social media will take a village MORE, have continually raised issues over Biden's effort to dismiss a Ukrainian prosecutor investigating Burisma, which his son, Hunter Biden, sat on the board of. 

There is no evidence that suggests Biden was working in his son's interest while working to dismiss the prosecutor. 

This isn't the first time Trump has faced copyright issues on his Twitter feed. In April, Twitter removed a campaign advertisement after the video received a copyright infringement complaint from Warner Bros. Entertainment for using an instrumental track from the studio's 2012 film "The Dark Knight Rises."

Updated at 8:57 a.m.