Earlier this month, Russian state broadcaster VGTRK aired some very disturbing propaganda footage of Syria, taken from a drone-mounted camera showing aerial views of the destruction in Jobar, a war-torn suburb of Damascus. The Telegraph preserved the footage, which was edited to look more like a video game than the active war zone it is, and it was soundtracked to the Crystal Method’s track “High Roller.” Today, the electronic duo has issued a statement condemning the unauthorized use of their music in the video:
It has come to our attention over the last 24 hours that the Kremlin via Russian state broadcaster VGTRK have used our song ‘High Roller’ as the soundtrack to some shocking drone footage from Syria. The use of our music in this context is in no way authorized and The Crystal Method do not condone the use of violence for the resolution of any conflict. Our hearts go out to the people of Syria affectedby this terrible war and their friends and families.
The footage can be seen below.
Notably, it has been pulled off of Youtube (where it was originally uploaded) over a copyright claim by BMG, the music publishing organization who represents the group.