Recently, a company known as "4GamerMovie" has been making false copyright claims on YouTube against numerous game videos. Deep Silver noticed these bogus claims were suddenly popping up for their games, like Metro: Last Light, and they're biting back. Claims made by 4GamerMovie on Deep Silver games have been lifted, the publisher confirms.
In the last few days, many of YouTube's biggest video game personalities have found themselves hit with strange copyright claims, Polygon reports. YouTube states is just part of their efforts to cracks down on copyright violations. Thing is, most of these claims are simply wrong. Walkthroughs, Let's Play vids, and trailers are some of the content affected, and even major outlets like Machinima have been dealing with such false claims.
Last night, Deep Silver contacted YouTube about the problem, leading the latter to drop or remove any claims made by 4GamerMovie on videos regarding Deep Silver's games. The publisher released the following letter, offering a detailed explanation:
We have been working with YouTube to resolve various issues that have plagued the YouTube gaming community this week, as soon as we learned about what was going on.
1. A channel named "4GamerMovie" has been claiming reviews, Let's Plays, and Walkthrough videos for our games, including Metro: Last Light. We raised this issue with YouTube late last evening (CET) and from the reports we've gotten in the past hours, it seems that claims by this channel have been lifted. If this is not the case, please dispute the claim and link us your video in question via Twitter to @deepsilver.
2. Claims on titles like Saints Row IV, Dead Island Riptide, and Metro: Last Light have also been made by two companies involved with music: IDOL and Shock Entertainment Pty. Some claims are even about visual content. At the time of writing, this has not been resolved yet. However, we have made YouTube aware of this issue and the two companies in question do not seem to be restricting their wave of copyright claims to just Deep Silver titles. We hope that this situation will also be resolved quickly for all involved.
3. If you have received any claims by THQ for videos containing footage of Deep Silver titles, please dispute this claim and send us a tweet to @deepsilver including a link to the video in question. We can help with that.
Deep Silver has no intention of preventing players, who like to create gaming content on YouTube using our games, from doing so. Nor do we seek to block any videos of the kind. This includes Let's Play, Walkthrough, Review, or other edited or commentated videos that are monetized by a player.
Whether your opinion of our games is positive or negative in your YouTube video, it is not our right as a games publisher to infringe on your basic right to voice your opinion freely using a public platform.
We will be monitoring the changes on YouTube and any other online medium that lets our fans share their common passion for games, and react and adapt to facilitate our communities wherever they are.
You will not be alone in this, whatever changes may come. Within the games industry, including at our competitors, there are many who share this vision. Adapting to change may sometimes take time, so we hope that the gaming community will be patient with not just us, but others as well, as we collectively strive to resolve any issues that arise.
Thank goodness for that. Some of the copyright claims that pop up for video game trailers alone are pretty ridiculous. Even worse, YouTube often sides with these entities when you try to dispute their claims.
Copyright claims on videos divert revenue from it to whatever company holds that claim.