A lot of YouTubers are reporting wide-spread copyright infringements on videos that include video game material, according to several news outlets including Polygon.
To some, this comes as little surprise after the TotalBiscuit saga where John Bain (better known as the Cynical Brit) had a video removed by WildGameStudios who are responsible for Day One: Garry’s Incident. (They have since apologized and removed their claim.) However, this practice of using the copyright system against YouTubers to remove videos is becoming worrying more prevalent.
It appears that in the last week, YouTube has started scanning Let’s Play and Review channels for so-called “copyright” material and issuing warnings or infringements on accounts. Channels as large as TheRadBrad and Machinima are having their inboxes flooded with warning notices.
My YouTube channel is incredibly small (24 subscribes, heeeeeeeyoooooo!) and I’ve had copyright notices sent to my account, but not since August when my last Let’s Play went live. As a small channel and an unknown reviewer, the complex copyright laws which exist in the US (where YouTube and company owner Google operate) scare the Hell out of me. Even the laws here in Australia tend to work against anyone wanting to use material under “Fair Use”.
Some publishers are notorious for issuing warnings against YouTubers for even mentioning their material in games, but others like Blizzard and Capcom are telling users to challenge any infringement notices.
The issue is sticky. Copyright laws vary from country to country and no-one understands why YouTube are suddenly on the warpath for potentially infringing material. YouTubers are responding appropriately, though:
With Christmas on the horizon, the difficult task of buying gifts becomes obvious. Being the well-skilled shopper that I am, I find buying gift for my game-orientated friends the worst. It’s like buying shoes for someone without knowing their size.
So in the spirit of the up-coming season, I give you my guide to buying the perfect gamer gift.
Gift cards are the easiest solution for the picky gamer or someone you don’t know very well. Your friend can pick what they want without the risk of buying something said gamer already has or don’t want.
Games are a great gift if you know what your friend plays. Steam has a ‘wish list’ system that is a fantastic indicator. Games are ranked in the order that your friend wants them and they show up-to-date prices. If you’re buying a game for the console user, Xbox Live Arcade, PlayStation Network Store and the Wii store offer a range of games that be purchased using a credit card or a point-system.
This year also bought a new generation of consoles to the market. The PlayStation 4 and Xbox One will cost you $549 and $599 respectively and that’s just for the consoles alone. Although, both consoles come with a great range of launch titles like FIFA 14 (PS4, XB1), Ryse (XB1), Knack (PS4), Dead Rising 3 (XB1), Killzone (PS4) and some excellent games on the horizon (Watch Dogs, Titan Fall), etc), these consoles may be something to invest in for your gamer.
If your nerd has a game in mind, but it hasn’t been released, offer to buy the pre-order for them. Some pre-orders are quite cheap and you still get some decent loot with it. If they already have a pre-order organised but haven’t paid it off yet, offer to pay the rest off. Some collector’s editions can be upwards of $150 price wise, so buying it or paying it off is always a good idea and who doesn’t want a shiny new Batman statue for Christmas?