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Queen Made Donald Trump Take Down A Campaign Video Using "We Will Rock You"

Crazy little thing called copyright.

Last updated on October 13, 2019, at 1:07 p.m. ET

Posted on October 13, 2019, at 1:00 p.m. ET

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The publisher of rock legends Queen forced President Trump to take down a campaign video that used "We Will Rock You" as its soundtrack.

The video, which featured Trump speaking to supporters at rallies, was posted on Oct. 9 and used the song in its entirety. At that time, a representative for the band told BuzzFeed News that the song's use was unauthorized.

The representative said that within hours of the video going up, the band had "already entered into a process to call for non use of Queen song copyrights by the Trump campaign. This is ongoing.”

Don’t expect this video — which uses Queen’s “We Will Rock You” in its entirety — to remain up for long. A rep for Queen told me tonight that the band “has already entered into a process to call for non use of Queen song copyrights by the Trump campaign. This is ongoing.” https://t.co/VTLRnLx87p

By Sunday, the video was no longer available on Twitter, and a representative for the band told BuzzFeed News that the takedown was handled by Queen's music publisher. By then, the video had been viewed more than 1.7 million times.

"This media has been disabled in response to a report by copyright owner," Trump's tweet said Sunday.

The Trump campaign has been getting into trouble lately for using music against artists' wishes. A video featuring the song "Photograph" by Nickelback was taken down earlier this month over copyright issues. And last week, the estate of Prince slammed Trump for playing "Purple Rain" at a rally in Minneapolis.

"The Prince Estate will never give permission to President Trump to use Prince’s songs," a statement on Twitter said.


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