We all seen copyright issues faced even by celebrities but it turns out, even Donald Trump can fall prey to the copyright takedowns. Last Friday, president Donald Trump tweeted a mocking video playing R.E.M.’s "Everybody Hurts" on the background of Democrats’ reaction to the State of the Union. The video was originally created by some dude using the pseudonym "Carpe Donktum." However, the video could not remain of Twitter for long and became a target of a copyright infringement issue. By early Saturday the video was taken down after R.E.M. publisher Universal Music Publishing Group, as well as bassist Mike Mills, complained about the video, as per reports by CNBC. In no time the video was taken down as R.E.M won the fight with Trump. Donald Trump's Most Outrageous Comments on Twitter in 2018: From LeBron James to Stormy, All of US President's Controversial Tweets From The Year.
A tweet from Mike Mills read: "The assholes @CarpeDonktum created the meme. #PresidentAsshole retweeted it. Measures have been taken to stop it. @jack you need to get on this." Soon after which, R.E.M HQ tweeted: "World Leader PRETEND!!! Congress, Media--ghost this faker!!! Love, R.E.M."
Take a look at the tweets from Mike Mills and R.E.M HQ:
— Mike Mills (@m_millsey) February 15, 2019
World Leader PRETEND!!! Congress, Media--ghost this faker!!! Love, R.E.M.
— R.E.M. HQ (@remhq) February 15, 2019
Soon the video that was pinned on top of Donald Trump's page read: “This video has been removed in response to a report from the copyright holder.” when one tried to play the video. The tweet itself was soon deleted from Donald Trump's page, as per reports by CNBC. "Carpe Donktum" soon responded on Twitter and complained about platforms monetising or removing their content. He wrote: "Blah Blah Blah Blah Blah Rawr Rawr Rawr. Copyrighted material gets used all the Time on the internet. REM has monetized every video on YouTube where I use their music... This tweet will actually MAKE them money. As to Twitter... they can have all of the $0 I make on it."
Here's Carpe Donktum's tweet:
Blah Blah Blah Blah Blah Rawr Rawr Rawr.
Copyrighted material gets used all the Time on the internet. REM has monetized every video on YouTube where I use their music... This tweet will actually MAKE them money. As to Twitter... they can have all of the $0 I make on it.
— Carpe Donktum🔹 (@CarpeDonktum) February 15, 2019
This not the first time the US president's tweet has been taken down on a social media platform. Donald Trump had reportedly retweeted several anti-Muslim tweets from the fringe, and Twitter suspended the group’s Twitter account which automatically removed the videos from the President’s feed. Similarly, Facebook also took down a racist Trump campaign ad in late 2018.