YouTube Rejects VVVVVV Developers Copyright Claim On His Own Game

Written by Katie Allen on Sun, Jan 26, 2014 2:00 PM
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Back at the start of December, we reported on new YouTube copyright detection rules that were leading to thousands of game bloggers having their monetized content removed from the video sharing site in an aggressive and overzealous form of copyright protection. You may also remember one of the most outlandish instances of this scandal; VVVVVV developer Terry Cavanagh having his own game trailer removed for infringing copyright.

YouTube responded by telling those hit that they could launch appeals and would hear back in January. But in case you were under the naïve impression that this meant people like Cavanagh would get the rights to their games back, think again. Cavanagh announced on Twitter over the weekend that his YouTube appeal was turned down…

The copyright claim in this case isn’t actually against the visual content of Cavanagh’s work, literally the content that he developed. It’s against the music used in the trailer – SoulEye’s track Positive Force. Cavanagh owns the rights to use the SoulEye track in his video, but once again this is a case where the claim has been filed by a third party music distribution company.

Once again, this claim has been filed by the now-hated Indmusic, a third-party who have the online distribution rights to thousands and thousands of songs online, and have been zealously pursuing those rights, apparently without checking whether the original poster is the creator of those tracks.

It’s not a great week to be a small games developer if you care about your legal rights. Earlier this week it emerged that King have both successfully trademarked the word “candy” (bringing whole new meaning to the term “taking candy from a baby”) but also are challenging The Banner Saga over their use of the word “Saga”.

This YouTube appeal rejection seems like merely the latest in a series of legal cases that could prove dangerous and damaging to the retention of a healthy and competitive gaming culture where indies square up to huge AAA titles and gamers are freely able to post Let’s Plays, discussion and reviews of their favourite titles online without fear of legal repercussions.

What do you think of the latest in the VVVVVV saga (if it is, indeed, still safe to use the term saga)?

Is this series of events indicative of wider and more damaging change in the games industry?

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22:54 Jan-27-2014

add this to the net neutrality debacle and the hits just keep on coming

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07:09 Jan-27-2014

Youtube has continuously been going downhill after being acquired by Google.

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18:11 Jan-27-2014

YouTube's success was bound to go to their heads someday... And now they want to act like some sort of hypocritical fascist policeman - perhaps they got tips from the idiots who handle US foreign policy or India's Home Ministry... F@#king idiots...!!!

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03:37 Jan-27-2014

This is the moment for some group of web designers/developers to come out with a competitor to Youtube and stand against all the BS Youtube puts people trough: Unwanted changes, working whenever the **** it wants to, false copyrights and now the content ID crap. Doubt it will happen but here is your window.

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18:14 Jan-27-2014

YouTube is already losing users in droves... Asian YouTubers are moving to Dailymotion while western users are shifting to Metacafe and Vimeo... Rooster Teeth already is thinking about refusing to air anymore Red vs Blue or RWBY videos on YouTube after they received a copyright notice for a song in one of their trailers... The artist in question - Trocadero - actually work with them...

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00:08 Jan-27-2014

i hope that youtube comes to understand that blocking these legal people from there jobs is only gonna cost them in the end before it cost them there hole site

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23:48 Jan-26-2014

King is fing stupid, YouTube+Google+ is stupid, and finally, Indmusic is fing stupid.

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23:01 Jan-26-2014

youtube SUCKS BADLY. let's find other sites for free user videos and sharing of music and more. anyone know of such GOOD ones?

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23:44 Jan-26-2014

Vimeo's decent. F*** Google.

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10:56 Jan-27-2014

Dailymotion is also there

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21:16 Jan-26-2014

Has anyone else noticed that all videos have ads in them now?

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08:32 Jan-27-2014

Beautiful, beautiful Adblock (+)

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18:26 Jan-26-2014

This is getting ridiculous. The copyright laws in EVERY country need to be revised. The acceptable trademarks list needs to be revised. As said by many others, the world is being taken over by corporations.
How can one own the words "candy" and "saga". I mean that is just stupid.
Google needs to fire Youtube's "idea creator" staff and start again with youtube (as in copyright). Approach big companies and ask whether they want to protect their content.

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23:48 Jan-26-2014

Next thing you know they'll be claiming the atmosphere and charging people to breath.

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19:34 Jan-27-2014

That wouldn't surprise me..

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18:12 Jan-26-2014

Further proof that the system is useless and is just causing problems for legitimate content creators.

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17:24 Jan-26-2014

ohh youtube, fix your f***g system already! This is so stupid, youtube should just ignore Indmusic, they're scum, no, worse than scum. One youtuber, I forgot who it was, mentioned them, and they had flagged his video for copyright infringement for using a song, and were going to force him to buy rights from them, even though he bought the rights from the original copyright holder >.>

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16:33 Jan-26-2014

Yeah, anyone that thinks that a Viking game shouldn't be able to use the word "saga" for any reason at all should be beaten with a hose while they read Wikipedia until they understand why.

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16:05 Jan-26-2014

It's a shame, you can bet that would never happen to some large game manufacturer.

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15:35 Jan-26-2014

I really wonder why hasn't Google fired the retards that manage YouTube yet. Seriously, take a look at what they've done: Layout changes that nobody likes, new BS comment section, ContentID system that favour big companies over the reality and can be easily exploited (ie the person claiming all of Valve's stuff)

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18:19 Jan-26-2014

seriously, it's like if school fired all teachers and only provided school cafeteria instead of education :Đ
Google knows too well what are they doing, all that Google+ sh*t annoying everywhere, YouTube commiting suicide with stupid policies, Google removing search results they simply don't like, I do not like it at all :(

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18:29 Jan-26-2014

I agree with everything besides the point about google plus. I use it quite a lot and its quite good. No scammers and hackers unlike facebook and twitter (although twitter is pretty well policed). Google need to get their act together or other companies or individuals will develop smarter and more user friendly versions of everything they own.

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18:48 Jan-26-2014

I meant especially Google+ integrating into YouTube, else I have no objection against Google social solution :)

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23:23 Jan-26-2014

Admittedly, the integration could have been handled better but the Google+ requirement has got rid of a lot of bots from the youtube community!

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15:06 Jan-26-2014

Sooo.. You're a game publisher.. You make your own game, then make a trailer to show everyone.. and post it on YT.. and in order to help you, they block your OWN trailer? Oh well, YT's quality keeps decreasing.

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18:16 Jan-26-2014

or you're professional game reviewer, have physical printed certificates of rights by game developers and publishers - still YouTube blocks the videos and then forces you to start judicial proceedings in order to prove YouTube was wrong :P
(f*ck Google YouTube logic)

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18:33 Jan-26-2014

Cough cough Totalbiscuit cough cough
He got hit with copyright claims after making a bad review yet he had a review game license..

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15:03 Jan-26-2014

Now I really want to join Bob's army.

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15:02 Jan-26-2014

This is why computers will never rule the world...

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14:49 Jan-26-2014

Google, you FUCKTARDS, shame on you !!
one of the things which is pissing me off most past few months is YouTube Google idiotic policy (luckily I don't want their money, so I don't put ads in my videos, so I have no problems so far)

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18:01 Jan-26-2014

0.o how did you avoid the censor screen... ahem, care to share? ;)

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18:13 Jan-26-2014

ahem let's call it "Google accidentally switched swear filter off" :Đ
and no, I won't tell or else the current GD anti-swear system will be useless (and I will not abuse my knowledge, unless it's really serious case, like this;)

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18:34 Jan-26-2014

Fair enough ;)

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18:48 Jan-26-2014

I have to agree it really is too much, I also don't have adds on my videos avoiding most troubles. But even then some third party company put a claim on my video in the attempt to monetize it and make money from it.

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18:49 Jan-26-2014

But like really first the new copyright gate, then the internet thing allowing providers to block lawful sites. The internet is going to hell, not to mention all those bad copyright attempts that have been turned down many a time.

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14:39 Jan-26-2014

no no no just no! Google's going from an open company to close to apple. This kind of conduct hits hard the small developers that struggles to survive and put some competition on the market! This can't happen or else only big shots will...

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14:40 Jan-26-2014

...keep making, advertising and selling games! which can't happen! If this kind of thing becomes common, we'll see games prices sky rocketing in a near future, because you know, youtube's watched more than TV by gamers >.>

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14:35 Jan-26-2014

i want to talk hatefully about google right now but i ordered their nexus 5 :|

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14:10 Jan-26-2014

I've got an easy solution to this: eliminate monetizing altogether. Problem solved. Just eliminate your intrusive ads off of Youtube, Larry.

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14:14 Jan-26-2014

People shouldn't work for free and YouTube shouldn't force people into a disadvantageous compromise. Their system doesn't work. They have to fix it.

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