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Twitter Removes Trump Video After ‘Electrical Avenue’ Singer Points Copyright Criticism

Twitter eliminated a video on Tuesday from one in every of President Donald Trump’s tweets after receiving a copyright criticism from singer Eddy Grant, whose hit track “Electrical Avenue” performed within the clip, NBC Information reported. 

Earlier within the day, Grant had filed a lawsuit towards Trump and his marketing campaign for utilizing his track within the video ― an animated clip the president shared on Aug. 12 that took intention at Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden.

The somewhat perplexing video depicted a cartoon Biden driving an old style railroad handcar whereas a prepare bearing Trump’s marketing campaign brand zipped by means of an empty city.

“Electrical Avenue” — a 1983 track that Grant, a Guyanese-British singer, penned in regards to the 1981 Brixton race riots in London — performs within the background. It’s not clear, nonetheless, what the track’s relevance is to the content material of Trump’s video. 

Grant stated on his web site final month that his authorized crew had issued a cease-and-desist letter to Trump and his marketing campaign a day after the president posted the video.

However the clip remained on Trump’s Twitter feed till the platform pulled it on Tuesday.

“They’ve sought to encapsulate my mental property into derogatory political rhetoric,” Grant stated of the Trump marketing campaign’s use of his track, “additional encapsulated in a video manufacturing that may solely be construed at greatest as being depraved, thereby inflicting me appreciable emotional misery.”

The singer’s lawyer Brian Caplan instructed Billboard this week that Trump and his marketing campaign had not sought Grant’s permission to make use of the track.

“That is copyright 101,” stated Caplan, who filed the lawsuit on Grant’s behalf in U.S. District Courtroom for the Southern District of New York. “It’s essential to have a license and no one in his marketing campaign with a straight face may say he has absolutely the proper to do that.”

Eddy Grant, pictured on July 31, 2019, sued Trump and his marketing campaign on Tuesday.

A Twitter spokesman confirmed to NBC Information on Tuesday that the corporate had eliminated the video in response to a copyright criticism.

NBC famous that that is a minimum of the third time since June that Twitter has eliminated media content material from the president’s Twitter account as a result of copyright violations.

In July, Twitter eliminated a photograph from one in every of Trump’s tweets after The New York Occasions filed a copyright criticism about it. Two weeks earlier, each Twitter and Fb pulled a manipulated video Trump shared that confirmed a Black toddler working away from a white toddler. Within the authentic video, the toddlers are seen working in the direction of one another for a hug.