Today Dec. 11, 2013 Deep Silver issued a press release regarding the recent onslaught of copyright claims affecting gaming content creators on the popular video sharing network. Several Deep Silver games that YouTubers may have received copyright notices on include "Saints Row IV," "Dead Island Riptide," and "Metro: Last Light." The company is working with YouTubers to lift the claims, and anybody who's been affected is urged to send a link of their video to the Twitter account @DeepSilver. Many of the claims have come not directly from a publisher or game company, but from other channels or music companies such as IDOL and Merlin Phonophile.
Deep Silver has no intention of preventing players, who like to create gaming content on YouTube using our games, from doing so. 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.
Several popular YouTube personalities who make a living off of creating gaming walkthroughs have received hundreds of claims over the past few days. YouTube user GhostRobo, who has over half a million subscribers, made a video that explains the situation of what's happening succinctly.
Deep Silver isn't the only company that's helping gamers through the crisis. Earlier this week Capcom tweeted about it, along with a tweet from Blizzard's "Diablo" twitter account and a tweet from their "Starcraft" twitter account: "If you're a YouTuber and are receiving content matches with the new changes, please be sure to contest them so we can quickly approve them."
Ubisoft is also asking YouTube users who may be experiencing copyright claims to contact them so they can help restore monetization. Smaller companies such as Gaslamp Games have taken to posting an official notice, so long as you comply with their light-hearted demands: "If you make a whole lot of money playing "Dungeons of Dredmor," and buy yourself a tasty beverage, we hereby request that you say "Skol” before drinking it one time."
Deep Silver urges patience as the gaming industry acts to respond.
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. Adapting to change may sometimes take time, so we hope that the gaming community will be patient with not just us, but others as well, as we collectively strive to resolve any issues that arise.
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