BMG Shuts Down Romney Campaign's Singing Obama Ad

Footage of Obama singing Al Green's Let's Stay Together removed from Romney's website due to copyright claim.

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A Mitt Romney campaign video posted on his campaign website appears to have been taken down due to a "copyright claim by BMG_Rights_Management." The video included January footage of President Obama singing Al Green's "Let's Stay Together" juxtaposed with headlines accusing Obama of awarding donors and lobbyists.

The video came in response to an Obama campaign ad released over the weekend that slammed Romney for tax evasion as the former governor sings "American the Beautiful."

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The original video of Obama singing the song uploaded by the Associated Press is still available on YouTube. The Obama campaign also made a ringtone of the president's rendition of the Motown classic available on its website. Requests to the Romney campaign and BMG for comment were not immediately answered.

Updated July 16, 6:40 p.m.:

The Romney campaign says its use of the footage was proper, under fair use, and it plans to defend itself.

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