YouTube Yanks Romney’s Video Over Al Green Song – Leaves Up All Copies of Obama Singing Al Green Song

YouTube yanked Mitt Romney’s new web video, featuring audio of President Obama singing a few lines from Al Green’s, “Let’s Stay Together,” yesterday. The video was taken down by YouTube via a copyright claim of BMG Rights Management.

The Daily Caller reported:

According to a release, the video, titled, “Political Payoffs and Middle Class Layoffs,” used news reports to demonstrate that “[i]nstead of working to restore [our] economic security, President Obama is too busy rewarding his biggest donors.”

Perhaps ironically, BMG and Crown/Random House (which published both of Obama’s books, his campaign plan, and Michelle Obama’s new book) are — despite Obama’s concerns about “outsourcing” — all owned by German conglomerate Bertlesmann AG, which bills itself as “the world’s most international media company.”

So it is interesting that the company that pulled down Romney’s web ad shares a German parent company with Obama’s publisher.

According to their Wikipedia entry, “During World War II, Bertelsmann was the biggest single producer of Nazi propaganda.”

However, since You Tube is owned by Google, here comes the left wingnut double standard–

You Tube left up videos of Obama singing the same Al Green song.
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Double standard anyone?
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  • snap boy

    Isn’t everything seen on news programs in the public domain?

  • RoadKill

    You’re not shocked over this, are you?

    Since when has ‘fairness’ been a factor in any political campaign, much less Obungholes?

    Bunghole and Mooch are going to LIE, DISTORT and STEAL as much as they can before January rolls around. AND, if he gets re-elected, they’ll do it all over again for another 4 years.

    Who wants to watch these two grifters trash America for 4 more years?

  • Militant conservative

    The MSM is history.

    The new media is the wave.

  • Flintstone F.

    “I’m so in love with you” the words Obama “sang” is not long enough of a segment of the song to be considered a copy right infringement.

  • Flintstone, the segment Romney sang was not long enough to be copyright infringement either.

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  • Taqiyyotomist

    OT h/t Drudge

    300 youths, sharing a common trait which the coward media are afraid to mention, because the media are cowards.

  • Flintstone F.


    I was unaware Romney sang anything other than God Bless America. So I thought it was just his use of Obama in his ad.

    Either way, it’s a double standard based on nothing more than their “hidden” single standard.

  • JPL17

    I’m not going to get too excited over this. EVERY copyright owner is free to license his song to whomever he wants. For example, a copyright owner could decide to license his song for a videotape of, say, Cindy Lauper performing the song, but not for the video of Madonna making fun of Cindy Lauper performing the song.

    This is no different. BMG is within its rights as copyright owner to allow Obama’s video to stay up, but to ask YouTube to take down Romney’s. (Of course, BMG’s conduct exposes it as an Obama crony, and justifies my never buying any BMG products again.)

    YouTube’s behavior is a different story, however. In particular, even when a copyright owner like BMG asks YouTube to take down a particular video of its copyrighted song, YouTube is FIRST supposed to determine if that video makes a “fair use” of the song. If YouTube believes it IS a “fair use,” then it’s NOT supposed to take down the video, regardless of the copyright owner’s objection.

    Here, Romney’s use of the video of Obama singing the Al Green song is CLEARLY a “fair use” of the song. YouTube was therefore required to keep Romney’s video UP on its site. The fact that YouTube took Romney’s video down anyway is just further proof that YouTube and its owner (Google) are COMPLETELY in the tank for Obama. It’s a key reason I hate Google.

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  • Patty

    Rolf Schmidt-Holtz, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, and Member of the Board, Bertelsmann AG CEO

    This guy is the reason for this. But my question is apparently free speech on the net is free for whom this guy chooses.

    Watch, Holtz what else he could do and Romney does have many of his campaign ads on the net. Will more be pulled?

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  • Joe Blow

    A while ago on The Daily Caller (I think) they had a poll on how much do you trust Google. That question was between two other questions related to trust. Most people said they didn’t trust what they see or read very much but surprisingly the majority said they trusted Google!
    Clearly they do not know of the lefts connection to Google and so connected to YouTube.

  • bg
  • Conservative to the Core

    It’s not YouTube it’s Al Green. He owns the song. He would have to complain about Obama’s videos but apparently it’s okay if Obama uses his song but it’s not okay for Romney. It’s similar to trespassing.

  • bg


    simple solution..

    get Rushbo (oh, the irony) to do a “remix” of the ad.. 😀


  • Stephana

    They just have to prop up their little puppet.

  • JimR

    Sorry, I like Romney, but I like ownership rights too. If you own the rights, you get to say who can use it. If you own YouTube, you get to say who’s video stays and who’s goes.

    Just don’t pretend to be neutral; that makes you a hack.

  • bg


    July 17, 2012

    If Anyone Is A Criminal, It’s Obama

    [I’m not sure which is worse: Obama’s pernicious mendacity, the people who unquestioningly accept it, or the Republican’s disgustingly vapid responses to same. Obama and his campaign have had the unmitigated gall to suggest that Mitt Romney is a felon. And, before Obama sycophants say that’s not what he said, let me point out that my statement is not ipse dixit. Obama, et al, saying that “it’s impossible to be sure Romney isn’t a criminal” is precisely the same as calling him a criminal.


    And, as long as I’m on the subject, here’s another question for Obama. Insofar as he is attacking Romney for engaging in what Obama claims amounts to criminal behavior, we should demand he tell us the circumstances surrounding both he and his wife being forced to surrender their law licenses. No lawyer surrenders their law license without cause and in every instance I am aware of a lawyer surrendering their law license it has been as a result of criminal behavior on their part. So tell us why the two of them haven’t told us the truth about why they surrendered their licenses.

    Does Obama think there’s a difference between his falsely smearing Romney and the fact that his administration includes more than 40 known tax cheats? And, it should be mentioned, that’s without Tom Daschle who could not get through the nomination process because of his epic tax frauds. And it should be further noted, that the disgraced former Congressman and governor, John Corzine is his chief campaign bundler. He is the man Obama has publicly praised on numerous occasions who is responsible for $1.6 billion in missing MF Global client funds. Doesn’t he think Corzine’s corruption and mismanagement rises to a level above that which he accuses Romney?


    Let’s have Obama explain why he hasn’t insisted that his Justice Department comply fully and without delay in the ongoing criminal investigation into the illegal, international gun-running enterprise conducted by the Federal Government.


    His record as president resulted in the greatest democrat losses on a state and federal level in 75 years in the 2010 off-year elections. His record is 14-plus percent factual unemployment, 23.2 million persons unemployed and $15.8 trillion deficit that has increased a trillion dollars every year during his presidency. His record as president has resulted in 63 percent of the nation standing adamant in their opinion that he is responsible for the country going in the wrong direction.

    No wonder he wants to drum up lies about someone else; he
    is terrified about being forced to explain his record and past.]

    more @ link..


  • bg


    JimR #20 July 17, 2012 at 11:13 am

    “we the people” have every God given right to point out and
    define YT’s “double standard hypocrisy”, thankyouverymuch..


  • bg


    this is good, i mean, bad, oh wait, it’s good in prog speak, no?? 😀 /s/

    ‘Barry Soetoro’ cast in hit TV show

    [The name has been resurrected in the popular TV show “White Collar,”
    where one of the characters – a con-man and conspiracy theorist who is
    friend to document forgers, no less – has fled to the islands and is using
    “Soetoro” as a pseudonym.


    In “Wanted,” the character is introduced by a coffee shop owner
    complaining that “Barry” has been trying to “unionize my workers,”
    to which the con-man responds, “Viva health care!”]


  • ChillytheAlaskan

    they should just re-do the advertisement and use Obama singing the song.

  • Treat me right

    bg, I agree with most of what you said. I did a fact check on the lisense thing and it said that they voluntarily dropped their license for technical reasons. I think it had something to do with them being in the WH. Conflict of interest or something like that. And if that info was wrong, I sincerely apologize.

  • bg


    Treat me right #25 July 17, 2012 at 5:33 pm

    thank you..

    and/but, i can’t imagine what you have to apologize for..

    that said.. 😀

    anyways, i did extensive research re: both of licenses for months on end
    way back when, they both had to surrender (Obama in 2008) in order to
    avoid being charged for violations, ergo. of course “no charges were filed
    against them”, they both gave up their incenses to avoid charges.. who
    said law was just, go figure.. and we thought Wilie was slick.. /s/


  • bg


    Treat me right #25 July 17, 2012 at 5:33 pm

    okay, not the greatest source, but it will have to do for now,
    because Lord only knows where the links i had years back have
    been relocated to.. gah!!

    more tomorrow..


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