Why Did The NFL Make YouTube Take Down Chrysler’s Clint Eastwood Super Bowl Ad?

You may have noticed that at one point this morning the video in our story on Clint Eastwood’s well-received Chrysler ad during halftime of the Super Bowl cut out. We weren’t the only ones.

Chrysler had uploaded the video of the ad on their YouTube account around the time of its airing Sunday night, but then this morning the video was removed due to a “copyright claim by NFL Properties LLC.”

Huh? Chrysler’s commercial, Chrysler’s Youtube channel, no football footage, and the NFL doesn’t own YouTube (yet). What gives?

Chrysler was equally confused, with reps telling Jalopnik that they were trying to get to the bottom of the removal and have uploaded the video elsewhere.

“In fact, we’re just surprised it even happened. In fact, riding the wave of positive Detroit stories is a good thing — we like it,” General Motors’ Marketing Chief Joel Ewanick told Jalopnik readers this morning.

The video was mysteriously back up around 11:00 a.m.

Jalopnik reports that Chrysler still doesn’t know exactly why their ad was pulled off Youtube in the first place.