It’s the latest in a long string of YouTube videos being pulled by copyright holders over the past year, but the latest, titled “Let’s Get It Together,” was the first time a video has been removed from the platform by YouTube.
A copyright dispute has also been reported by Variety.
“Let us get it together,” the song begins.
“We’re the most powerful thing in the world right now,” Queen frontman Freddie Mercury sings in the song’s chorus.
“It’s time for a little celebration.”
In a statement to The Associated Press, YouTube said it “has taken a very long look at the video, and we have made some improvements to our approach.
Our goal is to make sure that all content creators have the freedom to do what they want, but we recognize that sometimes copyright violations are not always easy to resolve.”
The complaint by the video’s creators came as part of a lawsuit by several YouTube users who say their content has been taken down due to copyright infringement.
The video had a 1.4 million-plus views and garnered nearly 3 million views in the first three hours it had been up.
The creators, including the late Freddie Mercury, claim that the video violates their copyright because it was posted after the fact.
They say that they’ve been told the video was removed because it contained content that the copyright holder did not approve.
“The video itself was not made under our agreement with the copyright holders,” the video creators wrote.
“This is the first and only video we have seen that has been pulled from YouTube.”
Queen and Mercury were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2010.
They performed in the video in 2012 and 2015.
They were featured on the 2013 Disney Infinity game.
“They did an amazing job in getting that song and video out there,” Mercury’s manager Scott Pemberton said in a statement.
“Now that it’s gone, we are all just trying to get the music out and the music back on.
We are all kind of at a loss.
We’re all just devastated.”
The video’s copyright holder, Warner Music Group, issued a statement that said it has reached out to the songwriters and producers of the video.
“At this point, the copyright owner is still working with the creators to address the matter and the lawsuit has not been resolved,” the statement said.
“Warner Music Group is not aware of any issues with any of the content on the video or any other content that has appeared online since its original posting.”
Warner Music did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
The company did not have a comment on the complaints filed on behalf of the copyright owners.
In a video on the website of YouTube, YouTube general manager David Drummond said the company is investigating the complaint.
“I am aware of this and I will be in touch with the parties involved,” Drummond told the AP.
The Copyright Office says it has been contacted by the copyrightholders.
The music video is one of the last in a series of YouTube video takedowns.
Last year, YouTube shut down the video for “Crazy Town” by the band Arcade Fire.