Donald Trump tweet deleted after copyright complaint

The video is on the White House YouTube page

Thursday, October 3, 2019

Twitter has removed part of a tweet by Donald Trump that featured an edited Nickelback music video clip, sparking copyright complaints.

Mr Trump shared the video as a slight against former vice president Joe Biden.

It shows Joe Biden state in an interview: “I have never spoken to my son about his overseas business dealings."

It then cuts to a doctored version of the Nickelback’s 2015 music video for Photograph in which singer Chad Kroeger holds a framed image of Mr Biden, his son, and a Ukrainian gas executive.

The caption of the tweet quotes the song lyrics: "Look at this photograph."

A Twitter spokeswoman said it responded “to valid copyright complaints sent to us by a copyright owner or their authorised representatives”.

Since it was taken down from Twitter, the White House has reposted the video on its official YouTube page.

Nickelback has not commented on the incident.

The video comes in the wake of the Democrats launching an impeachment inquiry against the president.

The move, which could see Mr Trump removed from office, was made in relation to a telephone call between the US president and his Ukrainian counterpart.

During the conversation Mr Trump is allegedly heard pressing for an investigation of his Democratic rival Mr Biden and his son, Hunter Biden, who worked for a Ukrainian energy company.

The Republican president has repeatedly criticised the rival party’s impeachment investigation, previously branding it a “coup intended to take away the power of the people”.

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