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access_time December 20, 2013 at 9:43 AM in Culture by Charlie Grammer

Developer stands up to YouTube copyright claims

Defender's Quest developer attempting to organize movement against YouTube copyright claims.

Defender’s Quest developer attempting to organize movement against YouTube copyright claims.

A developer is currently attempting to organize a movement in response to the rise of YouTube copyright claims against Let’s Play videos and other gaming-focused content on the site. This man’s name is Lars Doucet, and he is a cofounder of Level Up Labs, the copmany that created Defender’s Quest.

Mr. Doucet created a wikia page called WhoLetsPlay which allows creators to find out what publishers allow monetized LP videos. These groups fall into three categories:

YES – Allows Let’s Play AND allows them to be monetized.

MAYBE – Might allow monetization under some circumstances, or it is unknown.

No – Does not allow monetization.

Of course, he states, the situation is more complicated than that. To be specific, Mr. Doucet states, “Right now, there’s an issue with music. Many developers, small and large, license music non-exclusively. This means the musician owns the music, but gives the developers some rights (namely to use it in their game). This means that *technically* it’s not legally clear-cut (again, I’m not a lawyer) that the developer has the right to grant permission for fans to make monetized videos that include the music.”

He goes on to add that, “This ambiguity leads to situations where 3rd party licensors and Youtube can actually issue takedown notices and content-ID matches to developers for hosting THEIR OWN OFFICIAL TRAILERS or THEIR OWN MUSIC, in order to ‘protect them. Insane, right?”

With YouTube standing behind their policy, what will become of LP videos on the site?

Thanks, GameSpot.


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