YouTube in chaos for Let’s Play channels as copyright claims flood in10 Dec 2013
An upcoming change to YouTube policy has prompted scores of copyright claims on “Let’s Play” and similar videogame related videos across the Google-owned platform. TubeFilter has a run-down on how channels (particularly those marked as “Affiliate”) will be subject to pre-screening in order to hunt for copyright infringing aspects.
The problem, of course, is that YouTube is not great at determining what constitutes a legitimate copyright claim. IncGamers has fallen foul of this a few times, most memorably when an interview with David Brevik was flagged. This was footage of Paul (stood off-cam with a clearly labelled IncGamers mic) talking to Brevik in a corridor at GamesCom, so quite what the “infringement” was there is a mystery. Unless David Brevik is a wholly owned subsidiary of a major corporation.
The Brevik video is still “awaiting further review,” more than a year later.
You might also recall the nonsense involving YouTube broadcaster TotalBiscuit and his review of Day One: Garry’s Incident. In that case, the developers had provided a review copy of the game to TotalBiscuit, then decided to flag his video for copyright reasons when it turned out to be a rather negative critique of the title.
TubeFilter has word of a great many copyright claims being made in anticipation of YouTube’s new policies, some of which appear to be coming from dubious third-party accounts (an easy way to thwart your YouTube competition.) This is a big deal for those who make revenue from YouTube advertising, as a flagged video cannot earn any money. Worse, once you’ve had ‘three strikes’ against a channel, further restrictions are put in place.
Until this is sorted out, the service is in chaos for the hundreds of channels that cover videogames.