UPDATED, 10:02 PM with video being disabled by Twitter: Hoping to avoid a legal dust-up, Warner Bros. is demanding President Donald Trump or Twitter take down a post that uses unauthorized music from one of their biggest movie of the last decade. A copyright demand that the social media platform complied with late Tuesday night.
The move comes hours after the ex-Celebrity Apprentice host tweeted a provocative campaign video Tuesday, set to a track from the score of The Dark Knight Rises. The 2012 film is, of course, Christopher Nolan’s final movie in the director’s hugely successful Batman trilogy.
“The use of Warner Bros.’ score from The Dark Knight Rises in the campaign video was unauthorized,” WB told Deadline in a statement. “We are working through the appropriate legal channels to have it removed.”
However, with the appropriate complaint registered with the social media platform, an insider said the video with the Hans Zimmer tune “Why Do We Fall?” from the flick’s soundtrack is actually in the process of being taken down. In quick succession after the clip was first posted by Team Trump, the expected shuttering of the video rules out any need for Warner Bros. to instigate any lawsuits, the source also tells us.
In his second reference to Dark Knight Rises since taking office on January 20, 2017, Trump tweeted the campaign-like clip at 4:43 PM ET Tuesday.
Watched over 1 million times in a few hours, the seemingly 2020 reelection video dramatically shows several Washington, D.C. landmarks, Hollywood stars like Bryan Cranston and long time Trump foes Rosie O’Donnell, plus political nemesis Hillary Clinton, and a Fox News headline saying “Mueller report shows no proof Trump team conspired with Russia.” With typical lack of understatement, POTUS captioned the video: “Make America Great Again.”
Despite the proclaimed wishes of the WarnerMedia-owned studio, as of Tuesday at 11:58 PM ET, the clip was still on Trump’s timeline. However, very soon afterwards, the video itself was no longer available even on the feed of the President of the United States of America himself:
MAKE AMERICA GREAT AGAIN! pic.twitter.com/diXWQHuyGj
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) April 9, 2019
So, to paraphrase another piece of music Trump uses again the wishes of its authors Mick Jagger and Keith Richards, sometimes you can’t immediately get what you want but you eventually get what you need.