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Deep Silver, publishers of such madness like Saint Row 4, have issued a comprehensive statement regarding the recent copyright blitz on YouTube affecting producers of video game related content. Deep Silver is known for it’s friendly stance towards Let’s plays and similar free advertising on YouTube. The statement addresses three third parties making Content ID claims on Deep Silver publications

“We have been working with YouTube to resolve various issues that have plagued the YouTube gaming community this week, as soon as we learned about what was going on,”

The statement also calls out a YouTube channel by the name of 4GamerMovie, who has filed a number of false claims that have reportedly been lifted. Deep Silver asks if any still remain to contact them via twitter (@DeepSilver).

It also seems that the now defunct THQ is clutching at straws trying to claim content. For properties now owned by Deep Silver, again, they ask you to contact Deep Silver via Twitter with the link.

“Deep Silver has no intention of preventing players, who like to create gaming content on YouTube using our games, from doing so,” the statement reads. “Nor do we seek to block any videos of the kind. This includes Let’s Play, Walkthrough, Review, or other edited or commentated videos that are monetized by a player. Whether your opinion of our games is positive or negative in your YouTube video, it is not our right as a games publisher to infringe on your basic right to voice your opinion freely using a public platform.”

Basically, if you’re doing a Let’s Play of Deep Silver’s stuff, you’re all good with them, which is awesome. It’s good to see that other publishers like Ubisoft, Blizzard and Capcom are also taking a similar stance. It closes with this noble statement.

“You will not be alone in this, whatever changes may come. Within the games industry, including at our competitors, there are many who share this vision.”

So Deep Silver is being awesome and others are following suit. Hopefully this mess will be cleaned up sooner rather than later.

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Author:Stephen Snook

Lazygamer's Australian correspondent reporting! My name is Stephen Snook and I am 21 years of age. I will be writing for Lazygamer while they poke fun at me for not only being the new guy, but also Australian. Please be kind, I'm awful fragile. I also play games on the internet: www.youtube.com/user/myth1221

  • Umar koeksisterRpgFan

    Nintendo better stop their crap too

  • Unavengedavo(aka. MadeYouLook)

    The new guy broke the website!!!

    • Admiral Chief of pixels

      Nope, that be Geoff coding like a monkey


      • Unavengedavo(aka. MadeYouLook)

        Spoil sport :P

      • Lego Witcher of the Squirrels

        Thought it was just the Aussie doing things backwards again… but it’s the Asian’s coding… still makes sense lol

        • TiMsTeR1033

          Asian people do things differently..

          • Skyblue

            Like this?

  • ToshZA

    I sincerely hope this gets squashed, for the good of every gamer out there.

    • Umar koeksisterRpgFan

      Indeed. I love LP’s….This is quite messed up

  • Alien Emperor Trevor

    I read this earlier in the morning:


    According to it the bulk of the copyright violation warnings are coming from a music distributor for the game audio in the let’s play videos, and not the publishers.

  • Jason Ashman

    This shit does not bode well for us, luckily the people that matter are siding with us.

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