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Donald Trump takes down fan-made video that used unauthorised 'Batman' music

The US president had shared the campaign video on his Twitter account

President Donald Trump arrives to speaks about energy and infrastructure at the International Union of Operating Engineers International Training and Education Center, Wednesday, April 10, 2019, in Crosby, Texas. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)
President Donald Trump arrives to speaks about energy and infrastructure at the International Union of Operating Engineers International Training and Education Center, Wednesday, April 10, 2019, in Crosby, Texas. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

A video retweeted by US President Donald Trump that included the soundtrack of a Batman movie was pulled from his account due to copyright violations.

"First they ignore you, then they laugh at you, then they call you racist," read the text at the start of the fan-made 2020 Trump campaign video, as pictures of Democrats Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton flashed on the screen.

The video, which Trump reposted on his personal platform on Tuesday evening, showed images of his presidency, including his meeting with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un and the confirmation of Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh.

"Your vote proved them all wrong," the two-minute video said, calling Trump's 2020 re-election a "great victory".

CHRISTIAN BALE as Batman in Warner Bros. Pictures’ and Legendary Pictures’ action thriller “THE DARK KNIGHT RISES,” a Warner Bros. Pictures release. TM and © DC Comics
Christian Bale as Batman in 'The Dark Knight Rises'. Courtesy Warner Bros

The soundtrack of the video was composer Hans Zimmer's Why Do We Fall? from the 2012 movie The Dark Knight Rises – and movie studio Warner Brothers, which owns the Batman franchise, was not happy.

"The use of Warner Bros.' score from The Dark Knight Rises in the campaign video was unauthorised," the movie studio told Buzzfeed. "We are working through the appropriate legal channels to have it removed."

By Wednesday, all that was left on Trump's Twitter feed was a dead link with a message that read: "This media has been disabled in response to a report by the copyright owner."

The video, however, garnered 101,000 likes and 31,000 retweets before it was pulled.

This is not the first time that the president has retweeted controversial fan-made material.

Previous cases include the image of the president body-slamming a CNN logo.

Musicians including Pharell Williams and Aerosmith have also complained about Trump using their music for political purposes.

Updated: April 11, 2019 12:04 PM

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