President Trump’s latest 2020 campaign video was taken off Twitter Tuesday after Warner Bros. requested it be removed due to its illegal application of music from the Batman film The Dark Knight Rises.
A spokesperson from Warner Bros. commented just before the video’s removal:
“The use of Warner Bros.’ score from ‘The Dark Knight Rises’ in the campaign video was unauthorized. We are working through the appropriate legal channels to have it removed.”
In addition to stealing Hans Zimmer’s Why Do We Fall?, the two-minute political ad also featured strikingly similar font from the film’s title cards.
This isn’t the first time Trump has utilized pop culture to promote his political campaign. Last year, the president previously implemented a Game of Thrones-style poster which bore the phrase “Sanctions Are Coming,” of course playing on the show’s popular catchphrase “Winter Is Coming.”
In a statement made at the time regarding the poster, HBO said:
“We were not aware of this messaging and would prefer our trademark not be misappropriated for political purposes.”
The studio later tweeted from its official Twitter page:
“How do you say trademark misuse in Dothraki?”
By the time it was removed, the video had reached more than 2.3 million views.
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