Nintendo’s Copyright Kerfuffle – YouTube Let’s Play Videos Curtailed

Legally, Nintendo owns any reproduction of their characters’ likenesses. Copyright law is incredibly confusing, convoluted and different around the world. Fan art, self edited trailers, Let’s Play videos and everything in between all infringe on Nintendo’s copyrights in certain countries and to varying degrees.

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Godmars2902013d ago

Which troll?

Have to admit that there's a difference between using footage for a review and even parody or commentary reasons, and then there's a let's play. Which is pretty much showing an entire play-through. At the very least Nintendo may have an actual argument with the last.

How they might be going about either silencing or profiting off them is another thing, but there still is a point.

TwistedMetal2013d ago

i agree its one thing to show a tips and tricks for certain parts of a game or showing a review with small pieces of footage compared to just saying hey guys dont buy this game just watch me play it and it will be practically the same thing type deal. i wonder how many people who watch these games all the way through actually play them thereselves or bought them.

Brucis2013d ago

Except they said they won't remove the videos and it won't incur a strike against the account. Animavicion has it right.

TongkatAli2013d ago (Edited 2013d ago )

Yeah, but no one said anything negative about Nintendo on this page. You guys are overly defensive and it's on subject that most couldn't give two _____ about.

After reading this comment on the page

"Nintendo haven’t really thought it through, have they? ‘Professional’ youtubers just aren’t going to play Nintendo games if they aren’t going to get any money, which will in turn reduce the number of people that buy the game. Just look at Minecraft, Mojan didn’t spend a single pound advertising and just look at how popular it is, mainly thanks to youtubers like the Yogscast, Etho, etc"

Yeah, this isn't exactly the smartest thing : /

@ Blacklash True, but the Vita gets trolled more then anything Nintendo combined and it mainly comes from the Nintendo fanbase, sooooooo, Karma ?

Blacklash932013d ago (Edited 2013d ago )

"Yeah, but no one said anything negative about Nintendo on this page."

Probably because there were only 3 comments on this page when you posted. Give it time.

adorie2013d ago

I'm going to have to agree. The Nintendo fanboys/girls are the MOST sensitive of all.

To think, Nintendo got me into gaming. SMFH.

I can't even say anything positive about Nintendo. They will still disagree with me. *back to Wind Waker on Dolphin*

danitanzo2013d ago

Maybe if people didn't bash Nintendo so much, the fanboys wouldn't bash other things. I never troll the Vita... I don't get why you have to bring in the nintendo fanbase into this... You are all overly sensitive.

rajman2013d ago

Nintendo being hella greedy, Im glad Im not covering their games on my channel.
For those wondering, Nintendo gave gaming networks on Youtube permission to upload/monetize videos of their games, which these networks can give to their partners. Nintendo then did a complete 180 (probably because they're struggling) and started to claim the partners videos instead.
Its quite sad they have to do something like this, sure they will get some money out of it...but in return they will lose alot of FREE advertising/exposure these BIG Youtubers give to their games as they will stop covering their games.

Nevers0ft2013d ago

Nintendo are only claiming videos over a certain length though. You can still do reviews, tips, guides etc without issue and receive the ad revenue from it. If all you're doing is playing the game in a Lets Play video you're not really producing anything or doing anything creative so there's an argument that the LP money should go to Nintendo as they produced 100% of the content in your video.

Having said that though... Although I can see how Nintendo's position can be defended, I still think they'd be better off just enjoying the free advertising and not claiming ownership of these videos, especially when you consider the negative press this is also generating.

tl;dr Nintendo is well within their rights to do this, but publicity speaking it's an own goal.

Sharius2013d ago

lol, try to claim copy right from LP vid, these same vids help you speard your game to the other gamers whom use them to find out about gameplay before they buy that game

kudos, Iwata

PigPen2013d ago

It do seem that way! Lol

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