Romney web video taken off YouTube
July 16th, 2012
10:05 PM ET
10 years ago

Romney web video taken off YouTube

(CNN) - A web video posted by Mitt Romney's campaign on Monday was taken off YouTube later that same day.

Those wanting to click on the video were instead met with a message that read: "This video is no longer available due to a copyright claim by BMG_Rights_Management."

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The video featured President Barack Obama singing Al Green lyrics "I'm so in love with you" to suggest that President Barack Obama only had "Lots Of Love For The Donor Class."

It was part of a new line of attack Team Romney launched Monday, suggesting Obama made decisions in office that helped his top political donors.

Responding to the YouTube take-down, Romney's campaign said they were prepared to defend the video.

"Our use was 100% proper, under fair use, and we plan to defend ourselves," a campaign official said.

This particular video came in direct response to a television ad released by the Obama campaign on Saturday. It featured Romney singing "America the Beautiful" while graphics flash the names of countries where the Obama campaign charges Romney either "shipped jobs," "outsourced," or stored portions of his financial portfolio.

- CNN National Political Correspondent Jim Acosta contributed to this report.

Filed under: 2012 • Mitt Romney
soundoff (41 Responses)
  1. Common sense grandma

    The Romney people are right to object to President Obama using clips of Mitt Rney singing America the Beautiful. I object to it. It is painful to hear and worse to watch. It's like watching your dad doing karaoke at the Moose Lodge after one too many drinks. If he truly loves America, he should promise to never, ever attempt to sing again. And playing a clip of President Obama singing only points out how bad Romney is on the stage.

    July 17, 2012 12:04 am at 12:04 am |
  2. Yonni

    Amateurs should have cleared the copy right issue before they post the advertisement. He couldn't manage this little thing and wanna be the POTUS no substance only ambitions

    July 17, 2012 12:22 am at 12:22 am |
  3. judy

    the repos don't like when the president fights back. They whine and complaine . What a bunch of loosers. After all the stuff they have said about the president they sure can't take the heat.

    July 17, 2012 12:34 am at 12:34 am |
  4. batjones

    Apparently the Romney Campaign forgot that the rules of U.S. elections are not the same as Bain's investment campaign in China. It is not okay in the US to use a copyright song without permission.

    July 17, 2012 12:44 am at 12:44 am |
  5. Sam

    "America the Beautiful" is public domain. Al Green's "Let's Stay Together" is still owned by BMG. You'd think with the business minded campaign that Mr. Romney is waging, they'd know about paying a private sector management company for the rights to use their song in a political ad... right?

    July 17, 2012 12:55 am at 12:55 am |
  6. erica

    Thats what he gets lol....copy cat...

    July 17, 2012 01:06 am at 1:06 am |
  7. Larry

    A politician especially romney doing something wrong? Never heard of such a thing!

    July 17, 2012 01:31 am at 1:31 am |
  8. NameUnsubg nj

    Got to wake up a little earlier!!!
    Let's Stay Together!!
    Obama/Biden 2012!!!

    July 17, 2012 02:22 am at 2:22 am |
  9. frag

    Guess what, they didn't license the song. They must have some really brilliant minds in the legal department of his campaign.
    "Hi, I'm Mitt Romney and I didn't authorize this song"!.

    July 17, 2012 03:43 am at 3:43 am |
  10. Orwell sees it, again & again

    The Bishop knows Amerika's business, republican style

    ======>>> steal until you get caught 1) stealing, 2) lying, or 3) both.

    July 17, 2012 04:02 am at 4:02 am |
  11. Orwell sees it, again & again

    Sorry he got paid.

    July 17, 2012 04:04 am at 4:04 am |
  12. Romney is the savior of free enterprise

    Quit pick on Romney he is the savior of the United States. On day one he will undo all the socialist programs that plague this wonderful country.

    Romney 2012

    July 17, 2012 06:06 am at 6:06 am |
  13. madmaninthemiddle

    I wouldn't suggest making this into American idol. We've all heard Mitt sing.

    July 17, 2012 07:00 am at 7:00 am |
  14. Marie MD

    Oh please, what about the bully croner in Florida (off key I might add) singing to the old folks down at the Villages?
    The President sang at the Apollo Theatre in NY. Of course, those rich white flip flopping folks wouldn't know anything about black culture.
    On the other hand, the fact that this bully says he loves America while shipping jobs overseas and letting poor people fend for themselves and he "likes to fire people" and "corporations are people" deserves every beating they can give him!

    July 17, 2012 07:14 am at 7:14 am |
  15. Chris Willett

    How patriotic can you be if you stash financial accounts in foreign countries in order to evade US taxes? And given that Romney faces a lower tax rate than tons of middle class workers, that just shows a crazy level of greed.

    July 17, 2012 07:25 am at 7:25 am |
  16. jesse james. take them to street and shoot them like the dogs they are

    Rumknee you are constantly breaking the law and lieing.

    July 17, 2012 07:35 am at 7:35 am |
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