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So, how goes the battle with YouTube?


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.




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


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.


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Dec. 29th, 2013 08:07 pm (UTC)
I am fighting them at the moment too.
I recently put up video clips from our production of Les Mis. Bear in mind: non-musical Les Mis, our own script (techincally I own the copyright on every word of the script but I have in all but legal paperwork made it the property of the theatre company), clips posted on the theatre company official Youtube Channel, maintained by me, (show also directed by me BTW), our copyright stated.
Although the playlist is available to some, others report its blocked as "censored", and I am having a fight with them where they have wrongly stated it contains copyright belonging to others. No, it doesnt. Apparantly, theres not been any complaints (well no, there shouldnt be, but something in an automated system has flagged the clips. Only the show clips, I also have rehearsal clips on there, and those are fine, it seems!)

I have hit the point of inviting them to come to my house to see all the work and files of things from the production, also pointing out there is a team of 40 people, whom they are welcome to come and meet, who can confirm the facts, not to mention the second biggest theatre in our area, and a lot of other venues, and the press from here through to Broadway who ran news on us! (to these offers, there has been no response!)

I am also in the process of loading all those clips to Vimeo. ;)
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