Grand Theft Auto V is finally out, and of course this means that millions of people are going to be uploading various videos of it to YouTube, but there are a few things to bear in mind before you hit that upload button.
Rockstar stated that it has no problem with people uploading non-commercial GTA V videos to YouTube, with a few exceptions. As well as the rules below (first one no longer applies), the developer added that it has “the right to remove content we find objectionable on a case by case basis and to change our policy from time to time, but we do promise if there is anything we do change we will make sure to let you know.”
- Pre-Release Footage: No pre-release leaked footage of any kind: Any posting of in-game footage from leaked copies of the game prior to its official release date will be taken down, regardless of how the game was obtained. This includes “early unboxing” videos.
- Spoilers: Posting video showing the ending of the game, pure cutscenes or any other big reveal in the story. It’s ok to show cutscenes as part of a larger play-through (or in a narrated ‘Let’s Play’ type video) but isolated videos of the game’s cinematics will be removed. If you are unsure if what you want to post is considered a spoiler, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org and describe exactly what scene you are wondering about and in what context the scene would appear.
- In-game Entertainment: Things like the TV shows and comedy performances in Grand Theft Auto IV, or the silent movies in Red Dead Redemption. We prefer fans to experience these in the context of the game’s world, so any posting of these in isolation will be flagged for removal.