It’s been a tough week for those who post video game-related content on YouTube, as a new policy implemented by Google utilizes auto detection for breach of copyright on certain content. As a result, several popular users have seen flagged, with revenue shying away from them and instead going to the content owner. The automatic flagging targets streamed game videos for removal, making players and publishers unhappy.
Hardly anyone is pleased about this policy, and this includes several game publishers. A representative for Blizzard, the publishers of World of Warcraft and Diablo III, stated that YouTube users affected by flags with its games should reach out so “we can quickly resolve them.” In addition, Deep Silver’s international community manager, Maurice Tan, has spread the word on Twitter that the company will help if user’s videos featuring the company’s games are affected.
Several other publishers are joining the fight as well, including Capcom and Ubisoft, who released a full statement:
“If you happen to be hit with claims on any of your Ubisoft content, it may be that some of the audio is being auto-matched against the music catalogue on our digital stores – it might show up as being claimed by our distributor ‘idol’. In such cases please take the following steps and we can get it cleared for you.
1. Leave the video live for now.
2. Send us the URL of the affected video and let us know who flagged it.
3. We’ll get it cleared hopefully same day.”
Source: Computer and Video Games