Warner Bros. Reportedly Filing Copyright Claim Over Video Trump Shared With Dark Knight Rises Music


Warner Bros. is reportedly hitting President Donald Trump with a copyright claim over his unauthorized use of the Dark Knight Rises‘ score in a 2020 campaign video.

While Warner Bros. did not officially comment on the issue, BuzzFeed News reports that a source confirmed the company is taking legal action against the president’s video — which was made by a fan and then shared by Trump or his team. The track in question, “Why Do We Fall,” was written by legendary film score composer Hans Zimmer.

The video, which was shared with the caption “MAKE AMERICA GREAT AGAIN,” is edited like a movie trailer and includes the statement, “First they ignore you. Then they laugh at you. Then they call you racist.”

The clip features shots of Trump’s political and media opponents, like Barack ObamaAmy Schumer, and Hillary Clinton, as well as footage of the president meeting with foreign leaders and disaster victims.

Washington Post reporter Philip Bump reported that the clip was originally shared on the pro-Trump r/The_Donald subreddit — a forum the president has taken content from in the past.

Trump is not the first presidential candidate to face legal action for unauthorized music use in their campaign. During the 2008 election, the GOP used singer Jackson Browne‘s hit “Running on Empty” in a presidential ad for the late Senator John McCain. The Republican Party eventually paid out a settlement to Browne for their song jacking.

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