By Courtney E. Smith
When Rand Paul (R-KY) announced he would be running for president today, his announcement video include his campaign song: a John Rich country track called “Shuttin’ Down Detroit.” Business Insider described it as “anti-Wall Street.” Another thing it was? Not cleared for Rand Paul’s use.
The Washington Post report that YouTube have pulled the clip after a copyright claim on the clip triggered the site’s Content ID system. Looks like Paul didn’t license the song from Warner Music Group or Rich’s publisher and the amount of it he used pushed him from “fair use” into “need to pay for that” according to the robots that make Content ID work.
Content ID isn’t all robots though–once a clip is marked for review by a copyright holder, they have to actively request that it be taken down. Which means that someone, somewhere within Warner Music Group was not on board with a Rich-ified Rand Paul campaign—not yet, at least.