Romney ad pulled from YouTube over copyright

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Associated Press

Posted on July 17, 2012 at 4:06 PM

Updated Tuesday, Jul 17 at 4:05 PM

NEW YORK (AP) — A Mitt Romney campaign video has been pulled from the video-sharing site YouTube at the request of a major international music publisher.

The video, titled "Political Payoffs and Middle Class Layoffs," suggests that President Barack Obama has helped enrich his friends and political patrons at the expense of the middle class. It features a few seconds of Obama singing Al Green's "Let's Stay Together."

It was that video that prompted music publisher BMG Rights Management to file a copyright complaint.

Obama sang the song at a fundraiser in New York City earlier this year.

A Romney campaign spokeswoman says the video falls under fair use laws. She says the campaign will work to have the ad restored.

The ad's removal was first reported by Politico.

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