Sunday, April 14, 2024

Donald Trump New Campaign Video Courts Lawsuits from Dozens of Copyright Holders Featuring Unlicensed Images Including Sworn Enemy Robert De Niro


Robert De Niro won’t be too happy when he sees the latest campaign video from Donald Trump.

Trump posted “American Home” to his Rumble account today and it includes a clip from De Niro from “Silver Linings Playbook” that is totally unlicensed. The video, from Iranian director Damian Imani, includes dozens of unlicensed clips including some from the movie “Fargo,” “Napoleon Dynamite,” and other hits. There are images of Uma Thurman, Dennis Hopper, Elliot Page (when he was Ellen), and other actors who will certainly object to the usage. Expect take-down notices, cease and desist letters, and maybe lawsuits over this one.

“American Home” is also set to the song “Proud to be An American” be Lee Greenwood, one of the great Republican conservative anthems of all time. But it’s unclear if Trump has permission from Greenwood or if the singer will also be provoked to take action.

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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