- The day started out pretty epic for Culttture’s Carpe Donktum with the President of the United States tweeting out his video.
- Carpe Donktum is a meme consultant and also sits on the editorial board of Culttture.
- Universal Music Publishing Group filed a copyright claim through Twitter, forcing the platform’s cooperation. Standard operating procedure for social media companies.
- R.E.M. bassist Mike Mills and Carpe Donktum exchanged a series of tweets with Donktum believing it was settled. Hours later the video was disabled worldwide on Twitter.
- Mills had wrote, “So the meme’s fair use. I LOVE the 1st Amendment! Meme away, folks.” Looks like Universal didn’t respect the artist’s wishes.
— Mike Mills (@m_millsey) February 16, 2019
Carpe Donktum went live via Periscope a little before midnight, central standard time.
Culttture’s Editorial Consultant Ali Alexander has called on Trump reelection campaign manager Brad Parscale to file a suit in New York City.
Freelance journalist Nick Monroe who tracks internet and censorship issues echoed the same sentiment.
when REM made TWEETS joining the side of DEMOCRATS, who were the subject of the video in question
THEY BECAME PART OF THE PARODY ITSELF
THEREFORE FAIR USE
— Nick Monroe (@nickmon1112) February 16, 2019
Twitter was forced to comply with a DMCA request from Universal to take down a video containing political commentary/satire by @CarpeDonktum that Trump posted because of music used in it. This is a Fair Use issue that’s been affecting content creators and Trump needs to fight it.
— Ian Miles Cheong (@stillgray) February 16, 2019
— Mike Mills (@m_millsey) February 15, 2019