Many YouTube gaming channels getting flooded with copyright violation warnings

Some of the most popular channels on YouTube are devoted to game coverage, with some having millions of subscribers. Now it seems many of them are getting hit with a flood of copyright violation notices this week that could shut down these popular outlets for good.

VG247 reports that, according to one unnamed YouTube channel that generates over 6.7 million video views a month, the copyright notices are coming from a company called IDOL, a music distribution firm. The source stated:

YouTube flipped a switch 2 days ago and it seemingly matches any copyrighted footage (seems to be game audio) with their music library and then gives out content ID claims. IDOL is a company that distributes many individual music companies, which is why they’re linked to many of the claims.

So far, IDOL has yet to comment on these reports. Many game publishers such as Capcom, Codemasters, Deep Silver and Ubisoft have already posted up word on their Twitter feeds that the content claims are not coming from their end.

The situation for YouTube-based gaming channels could get worse in January. VG247's source claims that channels that are labeled as "Managed" by YouTube and Google will be exempt from all content ID claims when the new year begins but the label will be reserved only for the biggest channels on the site. Other channels will be considered as "Affiliate" and could have to go through an approval process to get their videos accepted. The source claims, "Summary: 99% of YouTube gaming channels will die soon."

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My main youtube channel was closed yesterday. It had above 1600 subscribers and several quality Let's Plays. I only received some ContentID matches which all stated that they had no incidence on the status of my channel, and never got any copyright strike or warning. Youtube didn't even notify my that they closed my channel!

I sent a letter to appeal to the decision, but I'm not optimistic. Even though I still have the original videos, it would take literally years to re-upload everything and re-gain the subscriber base.

Also, dont even TRY to live-stream a lets play using YouTube as all it takes is 2 copyright warnings and your channel is shut down. But, since there is no way of knowing BEFORE you live-stream a game if some random company will toss some random copyright notice at you, you are best off not even trying lest you rick complete shutdown.

This happened to me while I was streaming a mine-craft lets play, which normally isn't a problem but somehow a background sound got claimed as copyrighted and my feed was immediately cut without warning.. check my channel and there is the copyright violation notice and a warning about the 2nd live stream..

Needless to say, youtube copyright notices are getting a little out of hand. There is a vast difference IMO of recording a song/movie/tv show/etc and then showing/playing it for the sole purpose making it publicly available.. and playing a game/doing something else where something that is copyrighted just happens to be in the background.

_Alexander said,
If you favorite YT videos, go over your favorites. Probably 10% - 90% of them have been taken down by now.


This is why I download my favorite YouTube videos.

Years ago when YouTube started letting me monetize my videos, I actually read the rules about what could and could not be monetized, and recorded video game footage was one of the types of content they said could "NOT" be monetized, because even though you were playing, the artwork, soundtrack and everything in it was somebody else's.

ok I just need to narrate it, i'll post it later today once the laptop is free of kid use. (will reply here in a few hours).

Seems to me if I were a game publisher, free publicity would be exactly what I'd want more of. Why do I get the feeling some POS lawyers are behind most of this.

With all this crap google is doing with youtube, now would be the perfect time for MS to launch it's own youtube like site.

Snake89 said,
With all this crap google is doing with youtube, now would be the perfect time for MS to launch it's own youtube like site.

Live sounds like a great name for video upload site... Too bad they couldnt use that.

This basically happens to anything that gets uploaded to YouTube! My videos get flagged for ridiculous reasons, such as a bird whistling outside.

If this is happening, then it will only be the beginning of the end for YouTube. People have a taste of what they want and once these channels are gone, alternatives will sprout up. These young entrepreneurs on YouTube will find another way to monetize their content. Not all of them will but the good ones will.

I could write a book on the benefits a community like YouTube has to everyone involved but it's not tangible dollars to the CEOs so all the innovations developed over the years goes out the window. Thanks run-away-capitalism.

Xenosion said,
If this is happening, then it will only be the beginning of the end for YouTube. People have a taste of what they want and once these channels are gone, alternatives will sprout up. These young entrepreneurs on YouTube will find another way to monetize their content. Not all of them will but the good ones will.

I could write a book on the benefits of a community like YouTube to everyone involved but it's not tangible dollars to the CEOs so all the innovations developed over the years goes out the window. Thanks run-away-capitalism.


I personally thought Youtube started sucking when it became flooded with ads. In the past, I use to jump from video to video. A 30 second ad in the beginning of each video basically dissuaded me from that.

AWilliams87 said,

I personally thought Youtube started sucking when it became flooded with ads. In the past, I use to jump from video to video. A 30 second ad in the beginning of each video basically dissuaded me from that.

Perhaps for you but I think most people would agree that ads on YouTube are just as necessary to make it viable as they are for television.

Xenosion said,

Perhaps for you but I think most people would agree that ads on YouTube are just as necessary to make it viable as they are for television.

Not exactly. Youtube has the ability to display ads outside of the video.

AWilliams87 said,

I personally thought Youtube started sucking when it became flooded with ads. In the past, I use to jump from video to video. A 30 second ad in the beginning of each video basically dissuaded me from that.

Where do you think comes all the money that pays all youtube partners?

well, modern game are mostly just a movie that got a tiny bit of user's interactivities.
and we all know how movies publishers reacts to YouTube's user ...

Did they not learn from Nintendo's misfortune? Outfits like Rooster Teeth has scrapped all WiiU LPs for good and mock Nintendo openly. Not good for sales.

thealexweb said,
Did they not learn from Nintendo's misfortune? Outfits like Rooster Teeth has scrapped all WiiU LPs for good and mock Nintendo openly. Not good for sales.

All these people are funny. I would have never bought Simcity if not for stumbling upon some of the LPs. It is basically free advertising.

YouTube/Google are scum and keep getting worse. The Google+ comment integration was bad enough, some channels have disabled comments because of it, and now this stuff will kill off so many gaming channels, many of which have put years of work in to what they do. The little guys get screwed as usual. Google can go **** themselfs. There really needs to be a real alternative to YouTube.

Youtube is just doing what they're asked to do by the copyright holders, if they don't they would be sued themself and that would mean costs->more ads for us. Or even worse youtube will be taken down just like those file sharing sites although I highly doubt that will ever happen.

NoClipMode said,
YouTube/Google are scum and keep getting worse.

Because Google posts these things on YouTube..../s

Pays to read and understand the OP first instead of going on a Google rant.

And yea, Google should go **** themselves, as you so eloquently put it, for abiding by law and removing infringing content..../s

Haggis said,
maybe read the article, its not google

It is coming from Youtube. They've established a new system, which is much more strict than in the past. It's automatic. IDOL didn't actually increase complaints recently.

AWilliams87 said,

It is coming from Youtube. They've established a new system, which is much more strict than in the past. It's automatic. IDOL didn't actually increase complaints recently.

Google is making these changes because of reports of copy infringement. Doesnt have to be resent. It could cost Google money if they dont remove the content as well. Google is just finally taking action against the complaints.

techbeck said,

Google is making these changes because of reports of copy infringement. Doesnt have to be resent. It could cost Google money if they dont remove the content as well. Google is just finally taking action against the complaints.

It's not as widespread as it seems though... The number of copyright notices on my channel hasn't changed since I posted each of the videos and each of the videos are still up. And I have about 80 videos publicly on my channel (even more that are unlisted/private).

NoClipMode said,
YouTube/Google are scum and keep getting worse. The Google+ comment integration was bad enough, some channels have disabled comments because of it,

Mainly because people couldn´t stop complaining about it... on the comments...

techbeck said,

Because Google posts these things on YouTube..../s

Pays to read and understand the OP first instead of going on a Google rant.

And yea, Google should go **** themselves, as you so eloquently put it, for abiding by law and removing infringing content..../s

You're completely wrong, as usual. It's all Googles fault if any of you actually bothered to read in to this.

http://kotaku.com/youtube-copy...-publishers-to-t-1481517758

And heres a video if reading is too hard for you all:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bt1ubSVMwaw#t=159

Basically Google has completely messed up the system (as usual) and many publishers and developers are not even flagging many of the videos because it's Googles bots automatically doing it, and others are just abusing the system, claiming the rights to videos they have absolutely nothing to do with it. Once this happens it immediate takes affect on the video and the video uploader can do little about it.

Tldr; It's **** Google screwing up as usual.

NoClipMode said,
And heres a video if reading is too hard for you all:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bt1ubSVMwaw#t=159

Basically Google has completely messed up the system (as usual) and many publishers and developers are not even flagging many of the videos because it's Googles bots automatically doing it, and others are just abusing the system, claiming the rights to videos they have absolutely nothing to do with it. Once this happens it immediate takes affect on the video and the video uploader can do little about it.

Tldr; It's **** Google screwing up as usual.

This is a byproduct of overzealous lawsuits where YouTube/Google would sooner be over the top than risk having some scumbag from a media company seeing it as an opportunity to extract more cash out of YouTube/Google.

Seahorsepip said,
Youtube is just doing what they're asked to do by the copyright holders, if they don't they would be sued themself and that would mean costs->more ads for us. Or even worse youtube will be taken down just like those file sharing sites although I highly doubt that will ever happen.

Personally,
I wouldn't miss Youtube going down a single bit. Almost never go there unless the topic of what are listening to pops up on the front page, and then I only post a link to youtube becasue everyone else does, so I figure I might as well post it and help slow down the site with that crap flash stuff!

NoClipMode said,

You're completely wrong, as usual.

Really? I am always wrong huh? Bold claim and hilarious.

Many companies have released statements that they hold no copyright claims and and urge people to contest the take down of the videos. Even Google stated things can be contested as well.

I imagine Google's system will be tweaked later on down the road. What new system from any company works 100% and users agree with 100%. Google is just taking steps to protect themselves from lawsuits (many sites have been sued/taken down for same issues). God forbid any company taking these messures to protect themselves.

But hey, I dont know what the hell I am talking about according to you so I am not sure even why I am replying. Must be nice tho to go off a tagent on an article without hearing a response from Google.

techbeck said,
Really? I am always wrong huh? Bold claim and hilarious.
It's okay, I don't think you're wrong <3 He's the one who doesn't even know how to use the possessive form of a noun so...

So who's actively "killing" these channels then and requesting take downs?

So far, IDOL has yet to comment on these reports. Many game publishers such as Capcom, Codemasters, Deep Silver and Ubisoft have already posted up word on their Twitter feeds that the content claims are not coming from their end.

presence06 said,
So who's actively "killing" these channels then and requesting take downs?


It's from Youtube. They've received so much complaint from publishers in the past that they've started taking new steps to stop it.

Edited by AWilliams87, Dec 11 2013, 8:00pm :

That absolutely sucks. I really only ever use YouTube personally to watch LP's by people like Markiplier or TheRPGMinx and so on.