Warner Bros. Shuts Down Pro-Trump Video Using Dark Knight Music

Warner BrosUpdated: 11:22 AM ET, Wed April 10, 2019

On Tuesday, Warner Bros. made a copyright claim against a pro-Trump 2020 video that used fragments of music from “The Dark Knight Rises” score.

“The use of Warner Bros.’ score from The Dark Knight Rises in the campaign video was unauthorized,” the entertainment company mentioned in a statement on Tuesday. “We are working through the appropriate legal channels to have it removed.”

President Donald Trump tweeted out the two-minute video on Tuesday with a caption that wrote: “Make America Great Again.” Since the post, the video has been taken down “in response to a report by the copyright owner.”

A campaign respondent mentioned to sources that the Trump campaign did not have any involvement with the production of the video.

A spokesperson on Twitter declined to comment on the removal of the video, but shared the company’s copyright policy with news reporters, in which it claims that the company’s “response to copyright complaints may include the removal or restriction of access to allegedly infringing material.”

“The video was made by a supporter,” the advisor said. “We like to share content from diehard supporters, and this is just another example of how hard Trump supporters fight for the President.”

Trump’s 2020 campaign manager, Brad Parscale, tweeted out Wednesday morning: “Sad to see an @ATT owned company pull such a great video made by an everyday American in good fun.”

Parscale also accused the company of “positioning themselves as a weapon of the left.”

The video incorporated highlights of Trump’s presidency merged with clips of his critics, including politicians such as former president Barack Obama and his 2016 opponent in the election, Hillary Clinton, as well as Hollywood celebrities, such as Amy Schumer and Rosie O’Donnell.

The video plays to what seems to be the famous theme song from “The Dark Knight Rises” over the slideshow of images.

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