YouTube Reinstates Mitt Romney Campaign Ad Where Obama Sang Al Green Song

Posted Jul 20, 2012

Earlier this week YouTube pulled a campaign ad for Mitt Romney due to a copyright complaint from BMG Rights Management.  The Mitt Romney ad uses an audio clip of President Barack Obama singing “Let’s Stay Together” by Al Green and points out how the President is helping the “donor class” while Americans are losing their jobs.  The Romney campaign was able to restore the clip after asserting fair use under the DMCA.

“We have a counter notification process in place if a user believes a content owner has misidentified their video, and we reinstate content if a user prevails in that process,” said YouTube in a statement to Politico. “We also reinstate videos in cases where we are confident that the material is not infringing, or where there is abuse of our copyright tools.”

Other clips of Obama singing the song were taken down by BMG, but they have been restored now too.