Twitter Removes Trump Video With ‘Electric Avenue’ Song by Eddy Grant

— After Copyright Complaint by Eddy Grant’s lawyer

Trump tweeted the video on Aug. 12, which featured an animated train with his campaign logo barreling through a town while Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden followed behind slowly on a railroad handcar. “Electric Avenue,” the hit 1982 song by Eddy Grant, played in the background of the video.     

The tweet, taken down on Tuesday night, has the message “The media has been disabled in response to a report by the copyright owner.”

The takedown came on the same day that Grant sued the Trump campaign for the unauthorized use of his song, according to CNN. Grant’s lawyer issued a cease and desist letter to the campaign the day after the president posted the video. A post on Grant’s website says that he is the “sole and exclusive rightful copyright owner of the musical composition.”

“As a result of your wrongful unauthorized infringing use in connection with your controversial political campaign, substantial damage and irreparable harm has occurred and will continue to occur to my client and his reputation as an artist when affiliated in any way with your campaign,” the post from Grant’s lawyer, Wallace E.J. Collins, reads.

Grant is the latest musician to seek legal action against the Trump campaign for unauthorized use of music. Leonard Cohen’s estate is “exploring legal options” after the song “Hallelujah” was played twice during the Republican National Convention, after the estate denied the RNC’s request.

“We are surprised and dismayed that the RNC would proceed knowing that the Cohen Estate had specifically declined the RNC’s use request, and their rather brazen attempt to politicize and exploit in such an egregious manner ‘Hallelujah,’ one of the most important songs in the Cohen song catalogue,” said Michelle L. Rice, the Cohen estate’s lawyer. “We are exploring our legal options.”

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Eddy Grant – Electric Avenue (Live in Cape Town. South Africa)

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  • Clyde Duncan  On September 6, 2020 at 1:20 am

    Why Trump Supporters Can’t Admit Who He Really Is

    Nothing bonds a group more tightly than tribalism and a perceived mortal threat

    Peter Wehner | The Atlantic

    In just the past two weeks, the president has praised supporters of the right-wing conspiracy theory QANON, which contends, as The Guardian recently summarized it, that “a cabal of Satan-worshipping Democrats, Hollywood celebrities and billionaires runs the world while engaging in pedophilia, human trafficking and the harvesting of a supposedly life-extending chemical from the blood of abused children.”

    Trump touted a conspiracy theory that the national death toll from COVID-19 is about 9,000, a fraction of the official figure of nearly 185,000; promoted a program on the One America News Network accusing demonstrators of secretly plotting Trump’s downfall; encouraged his own supporters to commit voter fraud; and claimed Biden is controlled by “people that are in the dark shadows” who are wearing “dark uniforms”.

    I know plenty of Trump supporters, and I know many of them to be people of integrity in important areas of their lives. Indeed, some are friends I cherish. But if there is a line Donald Trump could cross that would forfeit the loyalty of his core supporters — including, and in some respects especially, white evangelical Christians — I CAN’T IMAGINE WHAT IT WOULD BE. And that is a rather depressing thing to admit.

    POLARIZATION AND POLITICAL TRIBALISM ARE NOT NEW TO AMERICA; FEAR AND HATRED FOR OUR FELLOW CITIZENS HAVE BEEN INCREASING FOR DECADES.

    We’ve had plenty of presidents who have failed us, in ways large and small. But this moment is different because Donald Trump is different, and because Donald Trump is president.

    Trump’s relentless assault on truth and the institutions of democracy — his provocations and abuse of power, his psychological instability and his emotional volatility, his delusions and his incompetence — are unlike anything we’ve seen before.

    TRUMP NEEDS TO BE STOPPED. And his supporters can’t say, as they did in 2016, that they just didn’t know. Now we know. It is not too late — it is never too late — to do the right thing.

    • kamtanblog  On September 6, 2020 at 1:55 am

      Some would say this is a form of “censorship”
      You can say wah u like but not on this forum or
      in this or that format !

      Now if FB does not like your comment
      You receive a 24/48/72 hour ban !

      Now that is certainly “censorship”

      Is “social media” now being regulated/manipulated ?

      You decide !

      Kamtan uk

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