December 27th, 2013

Epic Fail

When You Find Yourself In A Hole, The First Thing You Do Is Stop Digging

So, how goes the battle with YouTube?

...interesting.

YouTube has always been its own worst enemy.  Oh, they can keep things like YTASK off the radar and site admins can abuse their mod powers quite easily.  But take something big and public like the Downfall Debacle, and YouTube is the Gang That Couldn't Shoot Straight.

So, as you recall, this whole thing started when YouTube expanded its ContentID to examine longplays.  Companies like Sega, who has played dirty before, started getting videos removed, some almost two years old.  Other longplayers have found their vidoes flagged by competing longplayers and channels to remove them from the competition (like Classic Game Room, who just told YouTube to go fuck themselves).  YouTube released an official statement saying that all complaints received through ContentID were legit and the actions they were taking were in line with Fair Use (don't give me that.  I know all about Fair Use, I make fan games and fan comics, I HAVE to know it) and these actions were not abuse of power.

Well, YouTube just showed they don't have a fucking clue.

Meet Johnathan Blow.  Blow uploaded gameplay footage from a game called The Witness.  YouTube cited copyright and ContentID and deleted the video.

Now, those of you who think ContentID is a good thing and longplays are bad are probably wondering what the big deal is.

The Witness was Blow's own game.

Not as in, he bought it.  He created it, designed it, coded it, AND OWNS ALL THE RIGHTS TO IT.

YouTube just stopped a guy from doing what he had every last fucking legal right to do.

And they insist the system isn't broken.

Meanwhile, for those of you keeping score at home, we have the start of a scorecard for you.

THE OPPOSITION:

Sega

REPATRIATES:

Nintendo (tried to claim ownership and revenue streams for longplays, relented)

THE ALLIES:

Capcom (Resident Evil, MegaMan/Rockman, Street Fighter, etc.)
UbiSoft (Rayman, Beyond Good And Evil, etc.)
Blizzard (World Of Warcraft, Diablo, StarCraft)

Our side is getting firepower.  Let's get this over with quick.