Priorities USA, a Super PAC supporting President Obama, had been running an ad attacking Mitt Romney over outsourcing and other financial issue, which used footage of Romney speaking at the 2002 Winter Olympics. The International Olympic Committee said it should be taken down on copyright grounds, and the Super PAC immediately obliged.
Early last week, YouTube took down a Romney campaign ad using footage of Obama singing Al Green due to copyright violation. This time, it was not YouTube that took down the ad, but the Obama campaign itself.
Priorities USA is not protesting the decision, because the United States Olympic Committee is asking that Games footage not be used in any political ads.
“The Olympic Games are a celebration of friendship, excellence and respect,” said USOC spokesman Patrick Sandusky in a statement. “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.”
h/t Washington Post
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