A plethora of producers and YouTubers alike have reported a significant spike in copyright claims this past week, after Youtube introduced a new system that detects content that might be in breach of copyright automatically. This of course has provided a number of issues for Youtubers, as their Let’s Play videos and walkthroughs have been constantly flagged.
Major publishers Blizzard, Ubisoft, and Capcom have all offered to help find a solution to this problem, as they’re in favor of people sharing their content throughout the web.
Blizzard wrote through their Diablo 3 Twitter channel, “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. We are working on a long term solution, but that is the quickest way to solve issues immediately.”
Ubisoft provided a lengthier statement:
“If you happen to be hit with claims on any of your Ubisoft content, it may be that some of the audio is being auto-matched against the music cataloge on our digital stores – it might show up as being claimed by our distributor ‘idol’. In such cases please take the following steps and we can get it cleared for you.
1. Leave the video live for now.
2. Send us the URL of the affected video and let us know who flagged it.
3. We’ll get it cleared hopefully same day.”
Capcom said, “YouTubers: Pls let us know if you’ve had videos flagged today. These may be illegitimate flags not instigated by us. We are investigating.” Deep Silver international community manager Maurice Tan wrote, “If you are a YouTuber & get copyright claims on a walkthrough/LP of Deep Silver games, let me know. Especially if the claim is not from us.”
While the support these companies offer might lend a helping hand, Youtube stood firm with their new polices. They provided this statement to Gamespot earlier today.
“We recently enabled Content ID scanning on channels identified as affiliates of [Multi Channel Networks],” the YouTube representative said. “This has resulted in new copyright claims for some users, based on policies set by the relevant content owners. As ever, channel owners can easily dispute Content ID claims if they believe those claims are invalid.”