Screenshot from Hadfield’s “Space Oddity” video cover filmed aboard the ISS.
An extremely popular video cover of English musician David Bowie’s song “Space Oddity” recorded by former astronaut Commander Chris Hadfield while aboard the International Space Station (ISS) last year was taken down from Hadfield’s YouTube page on Wednesday due to copyright licensing restrictions. Hadfield warned of the imminent takedown on his Twitter page on Tuesday.
The former astronaut’s well-executed cover of the classic Bowie hit, which racked up millions of views on YouTube last year, was made into a private video on Wednesday. Hadfield took this action in accordance with the terms of a licensing agreement he had entered into with Bowie’s people, which limited his permission to use the song to one year from posting.
In a tweet on Tuesday, the retired Canadian astronaut explained:
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