YouTube defends its crackdown on video game copyright

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For some days now YouTube has been starting to go crazy with cracking down on copyrighted material from video games. Video game YouTubers all over expressed their anger when their videos were hit with a copyright notice for videos like walkthroughs and Let’s Plays (commentary plus gameplay). This means that they won’t be seeing a dime for the affected videos.

YouTube implemented the Content ID system to channels who are teamed up with a Channel Networks; for example, Machinima or Maker Studios.

“We recently enabled Content ID scanning on channels identified as affiliates of MCNs [Multi Channel Networks],” said a YouTube spokesperson. “This has resulted in new copyright claims for some users, based on policies set by the relevant content owners.”

The funny thing is that some of the video game companies aren’t even involved with the claims like Ubisoft, Capcom, Blizzard and Deep Silver. Many of these companies encourage gamers to upload and talk about the games, since they believe that it’s beneficial to helping with promotions. Nintendo is one of the few companies that is against it.

Via Polygon

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  • Canlocu

    I would have never known about ArmA 3 or 1 and 2 if it was not for gameplay videos. This will shoot them in the foot later down the road.

  • Dalinkwent

    The first thing I do before buying any game is look up reviews and watch Youtube videos featuring extensive gameplay.

  • famavolat

    How is this going to affect the “share” feature on the new PS4 and XBox One?

  • Sleepnot

    If i want to know more about a game i want to purchase, ill watch several gameplay videos or trailers on youtube.. I bought probably half of the game titles i own because of those videos…

    • Ted

      Not anymore you won’t apparently.

  • Dylan Sanders

    I’m pretty sure that the reason everyone could make Let’s Plays and everything to begin with was because video game content on Youtube doesn’t count as copyright because you aren’t technically “playing” the game. Music is different. This is stupid.

  • CComry

    What a bunch of hypocrites. If you’re not selling copyrighted material, then it should never be a problem.

  • DoigtDuPeuple

    Never would’ve bought GTA5 if it wasn’t for H2O’s videos.. They made me want to buy it and play online. And like Dalinkwent said, I also go online to watch extensive game play prior to buying any game over 40$..

    Nintendo.. I understand why they are against their video games being put online.. Other than their Mario flagship.. Once you see their games being played.. You don’t want to buy them..

    On another note, I also understand why they don’t want to pay the uploaders money for their published content. It’s like being paid for taking a song from another artist and putting it online to make a buck off of it. You should share and publish free of charge. And if you want to make some cash, be a little bit entrepreneurial and sell some t-shirts or other products with your username like H2ODelirious. You’ll make a name for yourself and maybe get a few bucks out of it..

    So leave the videos online, just don’t pay them and hell, and Google should set-up an online shop for people to sell products from their page. They would profit, the users would profit, the companies would benefit from the game play..

    • Timothy Ruark

      It’s nothing at all like posting someone else’s music with AdSense attached to it. Who the hell wants to buy cheap t-shirts and other crap with people YT handle on it? Certainly not I.

      • DoigtDuPeuple

        Well, if you receive money for distributing other people’s work.. Then it certainly looks like it.. One difference is that one has AdSense attached to it. You are still using someone else’s intellectual property to gain money without profit sharing with them.

        From what I understand, maybe you won’t, I won’t but when you reach to around 3 millions subscribers to your channel (like H2ODelirious) you will find a percentage of people who will buy them. He even posted that he’s selling a t-shirt based on popular votes. So if you reach 0.5% of 1 million people who’ll buy 1 t-shirt this year you’re selling a t-shirt to around 5000 people. At 2$ profit each the guy can bring in an extra 10,000$ in the bank account for posting videos online and hoping people will buy some.

        Of course this guy has an incredible amount of people following him, but then again, who would’ve thought 1 to 3 millions people would follow a guy for online game play (H2ODelirious = +1,000,000 subscribers; VanossGaming = +3,000,000 Subscribers)..

        And if someone is pissed off about Youtube removing the cash incentive for the videos they post of games. Then maybe they should get creative and start posting videos of stuff they think of instead of just grabbing other people’s ideas to make a buck off of.

        People are getting so lazy they now bitch about not being paid for someone else’s products..

  • dashawn thompson

    Youtube has became corporate garbage!! Someone plz link me another video site beside these Youtube asshats and spread the news.

  • EsperOni

    That’s why Nintendo is regulated to the bottom of the gaming ladder.

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