This appears to be a purely political move by YouTube (owned by Google) to try and silence the Romney campaign by keeping people from watching the video. If YouTube removed all videos that showed someone singing a line from a copyrighted song, they would be pulling down millions of videos.
Mitt Romney’s new web video, featuring audio of President Obama singing a few lines from Al Green’s, “Let’s Stay Together,” has been pulled down from YouTube via a copyright claim of BMG Rights Management. One wonders if an Obama ad featuring the song would have also been pulled down?
Ironically, BMG and Crown/Random House, which (despite Obama’s criticism of outsourcing, published both of Obama’s books, his campaign plan, and Michelle Obama’s new book) are all owned by German conglomerate Bertlesmann AG, which bills itself as “the world’s most international media company.”
According to their Wikipedia entry, “During World War II, Bertelsmann was the biggest single producer of Nazi propaganda.” And The BBC reported that “German media giant Bertelsmann has admitted it lied about its Nazi past and that it made big profits during Adolf Hitler’s reign in Germany using Jewish slave labour.”
Crown/Random House does good work, and nobody should blame Obama for making millions off of his writing. But just imagine what they would be saying if Romney’s turnaround book had been published by a multinational conglomerate with ties to Nazi propaganda…
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