Updated 10:02 PM EDT, Mon, Jul 28, 2014

Ubisoft, Capcom, Blizzard Helping Youtube Users With Copyright Infringement Claims Over Video Game Music

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Several developers have come forward pledging their support for Youtube video makers who used their copyrighted material after various users received legal notices from Youtube warning them about using the developer's video game footage in their videos without the developer's consent.

This story first began when GoNintendo noted several Twitter followers were complaining they had received legal notices about using Nintendo material in their videos, specifically game soundtracks and Let's Play videos using Nintendo games for footage. Nintendo had previously tried to stop Youtube users from using their games for videos without the company's consent, but in this case Nintendo Enthusiast found out that Youtube was the one pulling videos off the website, and not Nintendo.

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It appears that after a legal battle between National Music Publishers Association and multichannel network Fullscreen, Youtube is putting all their videos through a Content ID matching sweep to find copyright violations. Hence why the videos were taken down for the use of Nintendo music without the game developer knowing.

Now Capcom, Blizzard, and Ubisoft have come forward and declared that they will work with affected users to make sure that their videos stay on Youtube even if the website declares the content in violation of copyright laws. IGN has a copy of the notice that users are being sent by Ubisoft if they are affected by this new round of censorship:

"As you're probably aware, many YouTubers this week have suddenly been hit with various copyright claims related to in-game audio," reads the notice from Ubisoft. "In June last year, Ubisoft set out its policy opening the door for channels to make videos using game content and to monetise bespoke content. 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.

"Hope this helps, thanks for all your support over the past year and for all the amazing videos! Look forward to working with you in a very exciting 2014!"

Hopefully video game developers will be able to fix these mistakes and make sure that their fan base is not unjustly punished for using video game music in the future.

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