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.