Earlier this month, Nickelback made headlines once again after President Donald Trump used their track “Photograph” in a meme against Joe Biden. The band quickly pulled the copyright card, getting Twitter to remove the clip from the President’s Twitter. Now, it looks like Queen have taken similar action after Trump’s unauthorized used of their track “We Will Rock You.”
On Oct. 9, Trump tweeted a clip featuring footage from a rally. The track playing in the background is Queen’s 1977 timeless hit “We Will Rock You.”
A representative for the band tells Buzzfeed News that the song’s use was unauthorized.
Within hours of the video surfacing, the band had “already entered into a process to call for non use of Queen song copyrights by the Trump campaign. This is ongoing.”
Like the Nickelback tweet from earlier this month, the clip has since been removed from Twitter.
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
— Adam B. Vary Scary (@adambvary) October 10, 2019
The rep tells Buzzfeed News that Queen’s music publisher handled the tweet takedown.
This isn’t the first time Trump has used Queen’s music without prior authorization. He used the same track during his 2016 campaign.
Brian May later commented on the incident, citing that would not give Trump permission to use the band’s music even if he asked.
lets never forget when brian said he wouldn’t let trump use queen’s music at rallies even if he asked pic.twitter.com/Nn5oPOGRXe
— jood (@assxmble) October 10, 2019
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