Trump video removed from Twitter after Nickelback complaint

A music video tweeted out by Donald Trump has been taken down after a copyright complaint by the band behind the song.

The music video for Nickelback’s 2005 song Photograph is often used as an internet meme on social media sites.

Mr Trump tweeted out a version of the video which had been altered to become an attack on former US vice president Joe Biden.

The Democratic presidential hopeful and his son have been attacked by Mr Trump in recent days over their business dealings in Ukraine and China.

The president’s edit of the video swapped a photograph held by Nickelback lead singer Chad Kroeger with one taken of Mr Biden and his son Hunter from 2014, alongside Devon Archer.

Mr Archer is a longtime business associate of Hunter Biden and served with the former vice president’s son on the board of a Ukranian gas company called Burisma.

The video labelled Mr Archer as a “Ukraine gas exec”, despite him being a US citizen and having served with Hunter Biden on various business projects.

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The clip was removed from Twitter after Warner Music Group filed a copyright complaint on Nickelback’s behalf.

Image: Nickelback’s song Photograph is often used as a meme online

In its place was a message from Twitter, reading: “This video has been removed in response to a report from the copyright holder.”

In a further statement, Twitter told NBC News: “Per our copyright policy, we respond to valid copyright complaints sent to us by a copyright owner or their authorised representatives.”

Mr Trump is facing impeachment proceedings after being accused by an anonymous whistleblower of abusing his power to “solicit interference from a foreign country”.

US President Donald Trump speaks to the press as he meets with Finland's President Sauli Niinisto (not shown) in the Oval Office of the White House on October 2, 2019 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Brendan Smialowski / AFP) (Photo by BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP via Getty Images)
Image: Donald Trump has previously had his tweets removed after copyright complaints

The president allegedly pressured his Ukrainian counterpart during a telephone call in July to investigate the Biden family’s business dealings.

US officials were so concerned about what Mr Trump said that his administration then tried to “lock down” the transcript of the conversation to cover it up, the unnamed whistleblower has claimed.

Mr Trump denies the allegations.

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This isn’t the first time Mr Trump’s tweets have been removed for copyright issues.

Earlier this year, a video which featured music from Batman film The Dark Knight Rises was removed after a complaint.

In 2016, an edited campaign ad tweeted out by Mr Trump featuring music and a voice from the video game Mass Effect 2 was also taken down after complaints from the gaming company EA.

Source : Sky News