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Nickelback Issues Copyright Claim on Funny Trump Video

Nickelback Issues Copyright Claim on Funny Trump Video
Twitter screenshot of Joe Biden and Hunter Biden with Devon Archer.

Yesterday, President Trump did something he doesn’t do that often, at least not intentionally. He made me laugh. He tweeted a funny video about the Hunter Biden/Ukraine mess, set to the 2005 Nickelback song “Photograph.” No matter what else you like or dislike about the guy, you gotta admit that nobody can troll quite like Trump. Not even Obama could troll his enemies like Trump does, and Obama trolled ’em like a mofo.

As you’ll notice, when you click that video you get a message that it’s been disabled in response to a report by the copyright holder. Uh-oh. What happened?

Alex Hern, The Guardian:

A video posted by Donald Trump has been removed from Twitter after a copyright claim by the rock band Nickelback.

The video took aim at the Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden, opening with a clip of him saying he had never discussed business dealings with his son Hunter…

Within 12 hours of the video being posted to Twitter, however, it had been removed…

The copyright removals stand in contrast to Twitter’s policy about Trump’s tweets, which specifically place the president above the law when it comes to enforcement of the social network’s own regulations.

Above the law. Twitter law.

I can’t really argue with libs who say this stuff isn’t presidential. I also don’t really care anymore. Funny is funny, and that video is funny. As is the reaction to Nickelback’s copyright claim among our moral, ethical, and intellectual betters in the press. Like this guy, who’s actually a news editor for BuzzFeed:

Journalism, OMG! Nickelback is #Resisting Trump, so Nickelback is good now.

And now the band is falling prey to the Streisand effect, where any attempt to censor something just makes people even more curious about it. What’s the big deal? What doesn’t Nickelback want us to see? Shouldn’t the band be happy that anybody still cares about them in 2019?

So Trump fans are reposting the video. Here’s one, assuming it hasn’t been taken down by the time you read this:

And here’s another one, if it hasn’t been taken down too:

And another:

If those have been taken down, just search Twitter if you want to see the video. Once something goes online, trying to suppress it is like a never-ending game of Whack-a-Mole. Take one down, two more will pop up in its place. As some nerd once said, the Internet interprets censorship as damage and routes around it.

At this point, I don’t care about anything and I’m just in it for the chaos. So this is fine. The sooner everybody stops pretending any of this matters, the happier we’ll all be.

Lighten up. It’s okay to laugh. Really!