Less than two weeks after Nickelback filed a copyright claim to have its hit “Photograph” taken down from the Twitter account of Donald Trump, another rock band is following suit.
As BuzzFeed News reports, Queen’s publishing company has filed a copyright claim forcing Trump to remove a campaign video from his Twitter feed due to use of the band’s 1977 hit “We Will Rock You”.
The video, featuring Trump giving a speech at one of his campaign rallies and using the song in its entirety, was posted on Oct. 9; at the time, a rep for the band told BuzzFeed News the song’s use was unauthorized.
According to the rep, within hours of the video being posted on Twitter, the band had “already entered into a process to call for non use of Queen song copyrights by the Trump campaign. This is ongoing.”
This isn’t the first time that Queen has called out Trump for using one of the band’s songs without authorization. Back in 2016, Trump made an over-the-top entrance at the Republican National Convention while “We are the Champions” played as musical accompaniment.
Queen guitarist Brian May issued a statement on his personal website to clarify that “this is not an official Queen statement, but I can confirm that permission to use the track was neither sought nor given. We are taking advice on what steps we can take to ensure this does not continue.”
On Oct. 2, Trump posted a video attempting to smear Joe Biden with Nickelback’s “Photograph” playing in the background; the following day, the video had been removed and replaced with a message informing it had been taken down “in response to a report from the copyright holder.”