President Donald Trump published a video on Twitter that seemed to be part of his 2020 re-election campaign. In less than three hours, he had already accumulated over 1 million views, but it may not last much longer.
BuzzFeed News has learned that Warner Bros. Pictures is filing a copyright infringement complaint to withdraw the video because it uses part of the score from the studio's 2012 movie The dark knight stands up.
In a statement Tuesday night, Warner Bros. confirmed that he was taking action on the video.
Score "The use of Warner Bros." from The dark knight stands up in the campaign video was not authorized, "a spokesman said." We are working through the appropriate legal channels to remove it. "
The two-minute video juxtaposes short shots by leading Democrats – from Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton to comedians Rosie O & # 39; Donnell and Amy Schumer – against images of Trump from his first two years in office, including his encounters with the North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un and Brazil's far-right president, Jair Bolsonaro.
The dramatic text exclaims: "First they ignore you, then they laugh at you, then they call you racist." There is no dialogue – instead, a dramatic soundtrack plays under everything, growing just as Trump raises his fist in the air.
After Trump released the video Tuesday afternoon, people immediately started to point out that the music comes from the soundtrack of Hans Zimmer The dark knight stands up, in particular the "Why Do We Fall" track.
The video appears to be removed from a YouTube video published on a Reddit thread on / r / The_Donald. The MateyProductions video mentions Zimmer's score, but it is not clear whether permission has been obtained to use it.
Warner Bros. is a WarnerMedia subsidiary, recently acquired by AT&T after the Justice Department failed to block the merger, one of the promises of Trump's 2016 campaign.
The White House did not respond to BuzzFeed News' request for comment.