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Ben Affleck and Matt Damon's artist stake 'disagree' with Trump campaign ad using 'air' audio

On Saturday, former President Donald Trump posted a fundraising video on his Truth Social account incorporating Matt Damon ‘s monologue)’s role in the film Air, and Trump photos and videos.

In a statement Saturday, Artists Equity, the production company that produced Air , is , co-founded by Damon and Ben Affleck , expressed its disapproval of the use of monologues in Trump ads.

“We did not foresee, disagree with, endorse or approve any footage or audio from Air was repurposed by the Trump campaign as a political ad or for any other purpose,” the statement said. “In particular, under United States copyright and intellectual property laws, we hereby expressly notify you of any and all rights that we may have in connection with any use of material from Air Where the Trump Campaign requires approval or consent, we do not grant such consent.”

Air, released earlier this year by

Amazon Studios, tells the story of a Nike executive striking a sponsorship deal with Michael Jordan. Affleck directed the film, with Damon playing Sonny Vaccaro, a key Nike executive.

The nearly two-and-a-half minute clip of the Trump campaign is based entirely on critical monologues from the film.

“Money can buy almost anything, but it doesn’t buy you immortality,” Damon’s voice said as Trump walked from his helicopter to the camera . The Trump campaign also used the spot to solicit donations from supporters.

The Trump campaign has previously abused Hollywood IP. During his tenure as president, he used images from HBO’s Game of Thrones and The Dark Knight , music and videos in tweets and other content. However, the Air spot was the first time he took an entire monologue from a film and repurposed it for a campaign ad. 110518129416121046



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