Google bans Tory election adverts featuring edited BBC footage from YouTube

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Google has removed Conservative Party election adverts which used edited BBC clips from its video-sharing platform YouTube.

The move follows a similar response by Facebook, after the corporation complained that the adverts infringed its intellectual property rights.

Google – which has owned YouTube since 2006 – said it had taken action following a copyright claim by the BBC.

The Conservative Party used BBC footage of Laura Kuenssberg (pictured above)

The Conservative Party used BBC footage of Laura Kuenssberg (pictured above)

The Conservative Party used BBC footage of Laura Kuenssberg (pictured above) 

They also used footage features News at Ten host Huw Edwards (pictured above)

They also used footage features News at Ten host Huw Edwards (pictured above)

They also used footage features News at Ten host Huw Edwards (pictured above) 

One of the adverts the broadcaster was concerned about included an edited clip of its political editor, Laura Kuenssberg, saying “pointless delay to Brexit”, followed by newsreader Huw Edwards stating “another Brexit delay”.

It also used a caption saying: “A hung parliament = gridlock. Stop the chaos. Vote Conservative.”

The BBC argued that the adverts could “damage perceptions of our impartiality”.

According to Google’s ad library, two Conservative video adverts were pulled from YouTube due to a copyright claim by BBC News, one of which generated between 100,000 and one million impressions.

“When a copyright holder notifies us of a video that infringes on their copyright, we remove the content promptly in accordance with the law,” a Google spokesman said.

“In this instance, we removed this video following a copyright claim by BBC News.”

BBC first complained about the adverts last week, asking the Tories to remove them

BBC first complained about the adverts last week, asking the Tories to remove them

BBC first complained about the adverts last week, asking the Tories to remove them