Update 25/11/19: Giphy has clarified the issue and has apologized for the confusion.
In a statement to the BBC, a spokesperson said: “Last week, there was some confusion around certain content uploaded to Giphy and we temporarily removed these [GIFs] while we reviewed the situation,” said the image-hosting website in a statement.
“We [apologize] to both Disney and Vulture for any inconvenience, and we are happy to report that the [GIFs] are once again live on Giphy.”
Vulture critic Kathryn VanArendonk tweeted: “Wanna know something *very* dumb? All of vulture’s baby Yoda gifs have been removed from Giphy for copyright reasons.”
The tweet, which was posted on November 21st, has since been deleted. MobileSyrup has reached out to Disney+ to confirm if it is removing GIFs of the cute character because of copyright.
IGN reported on November 24th that the cute character has been shared several times on social media by people and several publications for the purpose of reporting.
It added that VanArendonkposted an article in which the Baby Yoda GIFs were removed from Giphy.
VanArendonk further tweeted, citing a Forbes article, that GIFs are fair game and are not part of copyright infringement issues.
Image credit: Lucasfilm