According to this report, however, Obama is still in “discussions” with NBC over keeping it up. Adweek:
Google-owned YouTube has pulled a Barack Obama ad from its site at the insistence of NBC, which charged that the spot infringed on its copyrighted content and that it did not give Obama’s campaign permission to use the material.
The ad, titled “Bad News,” is designed to get out the vote by appealing to voters and potential voters who do not want John McCain to win the election. At one point, NBC’s Tom Brokaw and MSNBC’s Keith Olbermann are shown — with Olbermann announcing that McCain has “won.”
NBC has demanded that Obama stop using the clip altogether. But his campaign balked and instead attached a disclaimer to it that said, “NBC and MSNBC did not cooperate in the making of this video.”
An NBC representative said that wasn’t good enough. It blasted the ad as “outrageous.” Late Wednesday afternoon, the NBC rep said, “Our legal team is still in discussions with the Obama campaign about our request for them to cease and desist.”