“The Prince of Play” Solon Scott is a YouTuber who plays through visual novels, mostly Japanese dating simulators. It’s his art medium. In his videos, Scott acts out characters’ voices, explains literary devices and offers sharp commentary on visual novels’ plot. He sees himself as a performer and his videos as, in…
Last Sunday’s episode of Family Guy used an old YouTube clip of NES classic Double Dribble to simulate two characters playing the game. Shortly after the episode aired the original video was taken down by Fox on copyright grounds, because YouTube is stupid.
GuitarHeroFailure says he uploaded “Bark at the Moon” to YouTube, but the song was taken down—presumably due to YouTube’s automated copyright system. As you may already know, YouTube is particularly aggro about music.
Sega released a trailer yesterday for the new Hatsune Miku game, Project Diva X, but if you live in the United States, it’s blocked on YouTube. This isn’t new. Rather, it’s part of an unfortunate but increasingly predictable pattern of Japanese companies butting heads with the world’s largest video service.
Decrypting copyrighted materials is, according to the Digital Millennium Copyright Act, an illegal act. Yesterday, the Library of Congress issued a set of exemptions to the DMCA’s decryption ban, which many outlets, including Gizmodo, hailed as “victories” and “big wins.” They’re not. At best, the new rules allow…
The battle between video game streaming and copyright law is a nightmare, starring heartless YouTube robots, takedown notices and threatened livelihoods. If only there was a quick and easy way around this. Oh wait. There might be.
The Maroon Witch. Thor with an ‘N’ at the end. Miss Marvelous. Rabid Raccoon and...Grout. I don’t know whether to laugh or cry at AMZGame’s Tiny Mighty Heroes Unite, so I do a little of both.
I guess we can all be friends now.
The video “Pantone Pixels,” published in 2011, was an independent art project that used a swath of colors to illustrate a picture of the creator’s parents. Last week, Vimeo took it down. Turns out it was too similar to “Pixels,” a 2015 movie starring Adam Sandler.
The makers of a Chinese Hearthstone clone have come out to the public to "refudiate" reports that they had been sentenced to pay Blizzard over $1.6 million.
Gamers have been up in arms ever since Twitch began to enforce harsher restrictions against users playing copyrighted music in their videos. Hovering around the edges of this chorus of unpleasantly surprised voices, meanwhile, are all the YouTube broadcasters who are still reeling from the crackdown they all…
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Almost exactly a year after Nintendo sparked a controversy over the way it was forcing ads on YouTube videos featuring footage from its video games, the company looks like it's officially changing tack. It took to Twitter earlier today to describe a new "affiliate program" that will split revenue between Nintendo,…
In the world of flash games, derivatives vastly outnumber original concepts, so the charge someone copied a game is quite common. But the makers of a Pac-Man-style game in 2009 say they have an email proving that King, the outfit trademarking words like "candy" and "saga," ordered a developer to directly copy their…
The controversy facing YouTube and video game channels now sees this broadside, by Clash (180,000 subscribers) against his network, Machinima.
We're in the second week of a YouTube copyright enforcement crackdown whose most visible effects have been on the video gaming community. Each day turns up a new example of a video getting thrown in YouTube jail on a ridiculous technicality. The situation seems to defy common sense, but we'll try to explain it in…
YouTube's content ID match system may be the best way to keep copyright holders happy but it continues to cover everyone else in embarrassment. The latest example: This guy just got flagged for a playthrough video of a game. A game he programmed. In BASIC.
Being told someone else owns your 2-million-view video is a sure way to ruin a YouTuber's day. It can also be a real downer for the company supposedly making the claim. Especially if YouTube's bot scanner is making thousands of these infuriating claims on their behalf, all because of a mistake.