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Sebastian Gorka's Imagine Dragons Fixation May Have Cost Him His YouTube Channel

The ex-Trump aide was removed from YouTube after repeatedly using the song "Radioactive" on his radio show, despite requests to stop.

Former White House aide Sebastian Gorka’s YouTube account has been terminated for repeated copyright infringement.

Gorka, an ex-Breitbart editor who now hosts the conservative radio show “America First,” seems to have lost his entire YouTube channel after repeated unauthorized use of the Imagine Dragons song “Radioactive” on his show, episodes of which are uploaded to YouTube.

The radio host was President Donald Trump’s deputy assistant for eight months in 2017.

In August, Imagine Dragons’ lead singer Dan Reynolds was alerted to the use of his music by journalist Jordan Uhl: 

“I’ve never given permission for this use. Please stop playing Imagine Dragons on your show,” Reynolds tweeted, tagging Gorka.

In October, Uhl again alerted Reynolds to the continued unauthorized use of his music. Reynolds said he was “losing his mind on this” and that Universal Music Publishing Group had flagged 42 videos featuring the song. Despite YouTube blocking those links, Gorka uploaded more videos using the song.

On Monday, YouTube appeared to take more decisive action, as Gorka’s “America First” channel was no longer available on the platform.

YouTube confirmed to HuffPost that the channel was terminated due to multiple copyright strikes from Universal Music Publishing Group.

Gorka apparently did not realize that his channel had been deleted, mocking someone who tweeted at him about his YouTube livestream being unavailable: 

Gorka did not immediately respond to HuffPost’s request for comment.

This story has been updated to include a statement from YouTube.

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