Conservative Party Removes Video Featuring Jeremy Corbyn Due To Copyright Breach

A video posted by the Conservative party on YouTube has been removed after representatives were alerted of a copyright law breach.

Featured in the video was a selection of black and white images as well as footage of Mr Corbyn, which were combined with warning messages and music.

Recently elected as the Labour party’s leader, Mr Corbyn has already split opinion within his own party and the video produced by his main political rivals featured his controversial comments on several key issues.

The video, which states that the new Labour leader is a “threat to Britain’s security”, was released on Monday morning, while Mr Corbyn was making changes to his shadow cabinet appointments following criticism from other members of his party.

Though it has since been taken off YouTube, the short film showed Mr Corbyn describing Osama bin Laden’s death as a “tragedy”, in addition to footage of him arguing that Britain should “surrender our nuclear defences” and “dismantle our Armed Forces”.

The content at the centre of the copyright dispute was a clip which showed the politician claiming that NATO should be scrapped.

It belonged to Adrian Cousins, a YouTube user who filmed Mr Corbyn at an event in 2014, and he had not given permission for the footage to be used.

However, the Conservative party still has the video on its Facebook page and it has received over 700,000 views, although it has been edited so that the disputed footage has been omitted.

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Maung Aye
Maung is a partner in our Corporate and Commercial department. He joined Mackrell Turner Garrett following corporate law positions in London and in a leading regional firm in Essex. Maung read European Legal Studies at Lancaster University and the Università degli Studi di Trento and is a fluent Italian speaker.
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