On Saturday (July 18), the president shared a campaign-style clip tweeted by White House social media director, Dan Scavino, which featured the 2001 single.
A few hours later, the clip was removed from Twitter with the notification: “This media has been disabled in response to a report by the copyright owner.”
Twitter removed the video following a copyright complaint made by Machine Shop Entertainment, the management company owned by Linkin Park.
“We respond to valid copyright complaints sent to us by a copyright owner or their authorised representatives,” a Twitter representative told The Guardian.
Soon after, the band shared a statement online, writing: “Linkin Park did not and does not endorse Trump, nor authorize his organization to use any of our music. A cease and desist has been issued.”
Linkin Park did not and does not endorse Trump, nor authorize his organization to use any of our music. A cease and desist has been issued.
— LINKIN PARK (@linkinpark) July 19, 2020
In 2017, the band’s late frontman Chester Bennington voiced his disapproval of Trump, penning a tweet that read: “I repeat….. Trump is a greater threat to the USA than terrorism!! We have to take back our voices and stand for what we believe in.”
I repeat….. Trump is a greater threat to the USA than terrorism!! We have to take back our voices and stand for what we believe in
— Chester Bennington (@ChesterBe) January 30, 2017
Linkin Park are not the first to call the president out for the unauthorised use of their music. Neil Young, Dexys Midnight Runners, Panic! At The Disco, the Rolling Stones, and more have told the president to not use their music.
Mike Shinoda shared the news during a Twitch stream, opening up about a song called ‘Friendly Fire’ that was supposed to appear on Linkin Park’s 2017 album ‘One More Light’.
Blending his newly released trap rock single ‘Outlined’ with the Linkin Park classic, Wiles pays homage to the band’s frontman Chester Bennington with a poignant, stripped back mashup that hears his emotions flow through his raw and reflective vocals.