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Nintendo Files Claim to Make Money From User-Generated YouTube Videos

Posted on May 17, 2013 AT 03:42am

Nintendo has filed a “content ID match” copyright claim on a large group of “Let’s Play” videos on YouTube featuring its games. If successful it would mean that the company could place advertisements in user’s videos and receive revenue from them.

Several Let’s Play YouTubers claim that this would mean that they are unable to receive revenue from their own videos. Let’s Play YouTuber Zack Scott posted the following on Facebook, “I love Nintendo, so I’ve included their games in my line-up. But until their claims are straightened out, I won’t be playing their games. I won’t because it jeopardizes my channel’s copyright standing and the livelihood of all LPers.

“With that said, I think filing claims against LPers is backwards. Video games aren’t like movies or TV. Each play-through is a unique audiovisual experience. When I see a film that someone else is also watching, I don’t need to see it again. When I see a game that someone else is playing, I want to play that game for myself! Sure, there may be some people who watch games rather than play them, but are those people even gamers?”

Nintendo offered the following statement to defend its actions,  ”For most fan videos this will not result in any changes, however, for those videos featuring Nintendo-owned content, such as images or audio of a certain length, adverts will now appear at the beginning, next to or at the end of the clips. We continually want our fans to enjoy sharing Nintendo content on YouTube, and that is why, unlike other entertainment companies, we have chosen not to block people using our intellectual property.”

Several other Let’s Play YouTubers have come forward on Reddit claiming that Nintendo is filing copyright claims against them.

This is kind of a gray area to be honest, on the one hand these YouTubers are making money off showing footage of titles that Nintendo owns the copyright to, but on the other they are only making money because of the personality which they inject into the videos.

Do you think Nintendo is right to make these claims? Share your thoughts below.

Via: BBC

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