An internet advertisement launched by Republican Senate candidate Dick Zimmer two weeks ago has been taken off YouTube after a record company complained about copyright violations.
The ad featured the famed Led Zeppelin song “Ramble On” playing over footage of incumbent Sen. Frank Lautenberg speaking at a June event about gas prices.
Clicking on the video’s link on YouTube brings the user to a page that says “This video is no longer available due to a copyright claim by Warner/Chappell Music, Inc.”
The video was uploaded on July 10th. According to a Web site that tracks videos taken off of Youtube, it was removed on July 14th.
A call to Warnter/Chappell Music was not immediately returned. Zimmer, however, said that the company did not contact his campaign and that the ad remains available on his Web site.
“My guess is that YouTube has a system where copyright owners merely have to suggest that a video be pulled and they pull it, but they haven’t approached us and I don’t know that they intend to,” he said. “I’m not an intellectual property lawyer myself,but we had our legal staff look into it and they said it was kosher.”