John Bain, more commonly known online as TotalBiscuit – The Cynical Brit has taken to YouTube in defence of his livelyhood and YouTube channel against the misuse of YouTube’s own automated content claiming system. This system allows people, groups or companies to claim the YouTube content as their own and therefore add a Copyright Infringement mark against an account. Three of those warnings and the YouTube account can be taken down permanently as has happened to a number of YouTubers in the past.
This incident is aimed mainly at the makers of Day One Garry’s Incident, Wild Games Studio who allegedly didn’t take kindly to TotalBiscuit making revenue from his critique of their game available through Steam Green Light. However, it also references SEGA and Nintendo’s own systems to take footage of their games offline.
Stephane from Wild Games Studios has taken to the Steam forums to provide their side of the story and clarify that the Copyright claim has been revoked which allowed TotalBiscuit to repost his video – http://steamcommunity.com/app/242800/discussions/0/810938810979105601/
Official Statement regarding the YouTube video “WTF Is… : Day One: Garry’s Incident ?” from TotalBiscuitWe sent TotalBiscuit a Steam key on September 26th, giving him permission to evaluate Day One: Garry’s Incident.
Monetizing wasn’t mentioned in our communications and it was an error on our part to not have clarified the issue.
It was for that particular fact that Wild Games Studio had asked the video’s removal.
After the video was made unavailable, we have taken seriously the reaction from the community concerning freedom of expression.
We strongly believe in the freedom of expression of people and medias and have removed our copyright claim.
Wild Games Studio didn’t intend on preventing anyone from using their right to freedom of expression.
For this reason, Wild Games Studio sincerely apologizes to TotalBiscuit and anyone who felt that their freedom of speech was denied.
You can view the video describing the whole incident on TotalBiscuit’s YouTube Channel – http://www.youtube.com/user/TotalHalibut
He ends by adding that all advertising revenue he generates from views of this video are being donated to the Electronic Frontier Foundation – https://www.eff.org which fights for rights and free speech on the Internet.
The video in question was reposted on YouTube and is available below: