Blizzard Wins Copyright Lawsuit Against Chinese Hearthstone Clone

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. » 11/10/14 8:00am 11/10/14 8:00am

YouTuber: Twitch Streamers Should Have Seen Music Crackdown Coming

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… » 8/07/14 3:00pm 8/07/14 3:00pm

No, Ubisoft Didn't Claim Copyright On Their Own YouTube Channel

Welcome to the world of information, where viral images will blast across social media and reach tons and tons of people, so long as they're tinged with humor, irony, or any of those other Shareable Qualities that 2014's Viral Experts love. » 5/30/14 11:30am 5/30/14 11:30am

Nintendo Has A Plan To Share Money With YouTubers

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,… » 5/27/14 3:00pm 5/27/14 3:00pm

Indie Creator of CandySwipe Fumes Over Candy Crush Saga Trademark Move

The maker of a little-known match-3 game involving candy pieces says he's being steamrollered by the scorched-earth trademark strategy of the casual gaming powerhouse Candy Crush Saga, despite the fact his game and its name are two years older. » 2/12/14 6:45pm 2/12/14 6:45pm

Candy Crush Makers Remove a Game Accused of Being a Blatant Copy

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… » 1/25/14 2:00pm 1/25/14 2:00pm

YouTuber Blasts Machinima As The ContentID Controversy Grinds On…

The controversy facing YouTube and video game channels now sees this broadside, by Clash (180,000 subscribers) against his network, Machinima. » 1/06/14 11:00am 1/06/14 11:00am

Alright, YouTube, This Is Getting Out Of Hand

YouTube's Copyright Crackdown: Everything You Need To Know

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… » 12/18/13 5:00pm 12/18/13 5:00pm

The Most Ridiculous Victim of YouTube's Crackdown is a BASIC Game

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. » 12/17/13 3:30pm 12/17/13 3:30pm

YouTube Copyright Fiasco Get Wilder, But This Time Someone Admits Error

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. » 12/16/13 7:30pm 12/16/13 7:30pm

Angry Joe, the YouTube game critic who weighed in on the wave of copyright enforcement that snagged several of his videos, has offered a followup perspective. So has another YouTuber who believes large "multi channel networks" share in the blame. We've added both videos to the original post. » 12/13/13 3:58pm 12/13/13 3:58pm

Game Critic Says YouTube Copyright Policy Threatens His Livelihood…

Three of "Angry Joe" Vargas' 10 most-viewed videos on YouTube, and dozens of others, have been flagged by YouTube's controversial "content ID" system, meaning the independent games critic and personality can't earn any advertising money from them. Last night, Angry Joe responded, very much in character. » 12/12/13 3:30pm 12/12/13 3:30pm

YouTube Copyright Chaos Continues. Game Publishers To The Rescue?

Many gamers who upload footage of video games to YouTube are still getting troubling "content ID" matches that threaten to upend YouTube's gaming content as we know it. But on day three of this controversy, some game publishers appear to be taking steps to help these gamers out. » 12/11/13 9:30pm 12/11/13 9:30pm

YouTube Channels Crippled By Copyright Claims

Numerous video game-related YouTube personalities have spent the last day digging through piles of copyright claims suddenly filling their inboxes, claims that they say are messing with their ability to produce and profit from videos they post online. » 12/10/13 8:00pm 12/10/13 8:00pm

Square Enix Puts 3D-Printed Final Fantasy Figures Out of Business

Square Enix consistently protects its trademarks and copyrights. And still people consistently use them without permission. So it's perhaps not a surprise that an artist selling a Final Fantasy action figure series was shut down when Square's lawyers told his 3D printer to cease and, yes, desist. » 8/17/13 6:00pm 8/17/13 6:00pm

Someone's Making a $90,000 Metroid Movie Without Nintendo's Permission

Didn't we just go through this with Final Fantasy VII? Someone wants to make a Metroid fan film. They're raising $90,000. They don't have any agreement with Nintendo. Of course they don't. » 8/11/13 3:30pm 8/11/13 3:30pm

You Can Use Video Capture Devices On Xbox One. But What About PS4?

Xbox One users will be able to use third-party capture cards and devices to record gameplay video just as they did on the Xbox 360, Microsoft has told us. This is in addition to the built-in capture feature the company has announced for their next-gen console. But what about the PS4? » 8/01/13 9:00am 8/01/13 9:00am

This is 300 Heroes, The Most Incredible League Of Legends Clone

Last month, Luke brought us this little nugget of gold from the interwebs called 300 Heroes—a shameless League of Legends clone that offers users a chance to play as "over 300" different heroes from various intellectual properties. Despite the fact that it's such a terrible case of copyright infringement and possible… » 7/22/13 7:00am 7/22/13 7:00am

Protesting Piracy in China with...Blow-Up Dolls

Late last week at Peking University in Beijing, China, men wearing skimpy underwear and carrying inflatable friends streaked the university's north campus and tried to jump into Weiming Lake. Then, university security showed up. That's when all hell broke loose. » 6/16/13 12:30am 6/16/13 12:30am