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YouTube deletes Sebastian Gorka’s channel; Imagine Dragons song reportedly the reason

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Sebastian Gorka had his YouTube channel yanked for “multiple” claims of copyright infringement when he would not stop using an Imagine Dragons song on his radio show.

The former Trump White House adviser had his “America First” channel and all of its content removed by YouTube Monday in what was apparently a response by the video-sharing platform over his alleged repeated use of the Imagine Dragons song “Radioactive” without permission.

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“This account has been terminated because we received multiple third-party claims of copyright infringement regarding material the user posted,” read a message on YouTube.

Gorka, a former deputy assistant to President Trump in 2017, was reportedly asked to stop using the song several times by the band’s lead vocalist Dan Reynolds and Universal Music Group.

“I’ve never given permission for this use. Please stop playing imagine dragons on your show,” Reynolds told Gorka in August.

“Losing my mind on this,” he tweeted in October after being alerted to the song’s continued use on Gorka’s radio show which had episodes uploaded to YouTube.

He also noted that Universal Music Group had flagged 42 videos with the song and, though they were being blocked by YouTube, Gorka uploaded more.

Other social media users noted that the song was still being highlighted on Gorka’s show.

Messages about the use of the song had been noted earlier in the year as well.

YouTube took action on Monday and the channel appeared to no longer be available on the platform.

Gorka’s channel “was terminated due to multiple copyright strikes,” a YouTube spokesperson confirmed to The Daily Beast on Monday.

“The YouTube spokesperson declined to say what song had prompted the copyright takedown notices. But the complaints were filed by Universal Music Publishing Group—the same company Reynolds had said was attempting to stop Gorka from uploading the song,” the Daily Beast reported.

Gorka appeared to be unaware immediately that his YouTube channel was deleted, mocking a Twitter user who pointed out that the live stream was not available.

While Gorka had apparently not replied to requests for a comment, he did have recent videos from his radio show uploaded on YouTube under his own account.

Social media users weighed in on YouTube’s move on Twitter.

Frieda Powers


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