Brief YouTube rant

If you’ve read through any of the reviews I have here, you likely noticed that I include a video clip at the end of each. These clips range from gameplay footage to game intros to endings, but I always like to include something to give the reader a little taste of the game. I have hosted all of my videos on YouTube and have had no problems, for the most part. However, there is one issue that has been annoying me for some time.

YouTube has a system set up to protect ownership of content. One of my videos (my video showing the end movie sequences to God of War) was flagged. I assumed that a representative from Sony had claimed ownership of the video. That would have been fine with me, since they do own the rights to that material. That is not the case, though. When I check the copyright information YouTube has for the video, it says that IGN is the content owner.

What?

Unless there is some sort of agreement between Sony and IGN of which I am unaware, the rights to this video have wrongly been attributed to IGN. My video is still available for view, but now there are ads in the sidebar and at the bottom of the video window. And to whom does the revenue for these videos go once YouTube takes its cut? Yep, IGN.

I suppose that it shouldn’t be a big deal to me to whom the money goes, but considering that I took the time to capture the video, edit it, and upload it, only for IGN to profit from it, I’m a little miffed. Though YouTube has a dispute process, since I really am not the content owner, I can’t seek to rectify this that way.

I considering removing the video, but that seemed somewhat petty, so I’m leaving it up. At some point, I may decide to seek alternate hosting for the videos for this site.

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4 Responses

  1. man, that sucks balls. So IGN can claim video footage of some random game that 1) They Don’t own in any way of form. 2) Didn’t have anything to do with the making of game. Is this right??

    If this is right, please let me know. I would like to do a article on Pacroid about this and write IGN myself an ask them what the hell is wrong with them!!

  2. people using youtube to make money kind of rubs me the wrong way. lame websites using other peoples videos on youtube to make money infuriates me. post a follow up to this, I’d be really interested to read IGN’s response.

  3. The problem is, I don’t know if IGN claimed the rights to this video or if someone at YouTube determined that IGN owns the rights. I’m not really sure how their system works, and I think actually contacting them and getting a clear answer would be a big hassle. I never expected to make any money from the videos I posted to YouTube, but there is something annoying about someone entirely uninvolved drawing profits from my video.

  4. Dog nuts is all I got to say to all that! Big hairy Dog Nuts!!

    Hassles are a pain in the ass, but then they wouldn’t be hassles ,they would be “comfy fun time with ice cream”

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