Twitter Takes Down Trump Video After Nickelback Copyright Complaint

The video was also shared by Donald Trump Jr.

President Donald J. Trump talks to reporters on the South Lawn. (Jabin Botsford/The Washington Post via Getty)
President Donald J. Trump talks to reporters on the South Lawn. (Jabin Botsford/The Washington Post via Getty)
By Bonnie Stiernberg / October 3, 2019 12:26 pm

A video tweeted out by President Trump yesterday (Oct. 2) that attempts to connect Joe Biden’s son Hunter to the Ukraine has been taken down by Twitter after a copyright claim by Nickelback. Yeah, that Nickelback.

The video utilized the popular “Look at this photograph” meme that stems from the music video for the band’s 2005 single “Photograph.” It opened with a clip of Biden saying he never discussed business dealings with Hunter before cutting to an edited clip of Nickelback frontman Chad Kroeger holding a 2014 photo of the Bidens on a golf course with Devon Archer, who is labeled in the edit as “Ukraine gas exec.”

“LOOK AT THIS PHOTOGRAPH!” the president tweeted along with the video.

The video was taken off Twitter within 12 hours of it being posted, but it’s still currently up on YouTube. This is the second time this year that a video tweeted out by Trump has been taken down due to a copyright claim. Back in April, a campaign ad that used the soundtrack from The Dark Knight Rises was taken down after a complaint by Warner Bros.

Not to be deterred, Trump’s son Donald Trump Jr. tweeted out the video today, adding, “Not sure why Twitter wouldn’t want you to ‘Look at this Photograph.'” At the time of this writing, the video in his tweet remains up.

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