(CNN) – The super PAC backing President Barack Obama will not air a television ad using archival footage of the Olympic Games after the U.S. Olympic Committee registered a complaint because of copyright concerns.
The minute long ad from Priorities USA used the Olympic "parade of nations" to mock Mitt Romney's reported overseas investment accounts, and was set to air in Florida, Ohio, Pennsylvania and Virginia during broadcasts of the London Games, which begin Friday.
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In a statement, U.S. Olympic Committee Spokesman Patrick Sandusky said the ad flew against what the Olympics were all about.
"The Olympic Games are a celebration of friendship, excellence and respect," Sandusky wrote. "While we are absolutely confident that neither presidential candidate nor campaign has participated in the production or distribution of these negative ads, the attacks, using Olympic themes and images, need to stop."
He continued, writing "for anything even remotely negative to be associated with that time-honored, inspirational moment would be extremely unfortunate."
Earlier in the election cycle, Romney also had an ad on the airwaves with images of the Olympics in Salt Lake City. It ran at the beginning of December in Iowa and New Hampshire. While it was still online mid-afternoon Thursday, it no longer appeared on YouTube later that same day.
A U.S. Olympic Committee source, who was not authorized to speak publicly about the matter, told CNN the group will ask any candidates using Olympic footage to stop airing them and ask YouTube to bring them down.
Later, in an official statement, the committee said its policies apply to "all political ads."
"Regarding Olympic footage, it pertains to all ads. We will not allow Olympic footage to be used in any political ad, positive or negative," Sandusky said.
The International Olympic Committee concurred. Sandrine Tonge, a media relations manager for the IOC, wrote, "The IOC does not allow footage of the Olympic Games or an association with the Olympic rings to be used for political purposes, in line with the Olympic Charter."
Bull Burton, a co-founder of Priorities USA, confirmed that the group was taking down the ad because of copyright concerns. He said the U.S. Olympic Committee called Wednesday and asked that the ad be removed.
"When we were told Mitt Romney and his allies were going to be held to the same standard we were more than happy to comply," Burton said.
The group said it has no plans to try to re-do the ad not using Olympics footage, and Burton added he believed the point of the ad was made.
ABC News first reported that Priorities USA was pulling its Olympic ad.
CNN's Kevin Bohn and Wade Payson-Denney contributed to this report.
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