In May, the Ottawa Citizen published an op-ed from a university professor that began with an accusatory opening line: “David Bowie stole a piece of Canadian culture on Wednesday.”
It was dead wrong.
The piece claimed Bowie was personally responsible for having astronaut Chris Hadfield’s version of “Space Oddity” removed from YouTube. Professor Blayne Haggart wrote that “the world was only allowed to see the video because Bowie had granted Hadfield a one-year license to show it. On May 14, the license expired and Hadfield removed it from public view.”