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DMCA Takedown Used to Quash Negative YouTube Review

Posted by on Jan 17, 2014 in Copyright

If you were to search YouTube for reviews of video games, you would hit countless results.  Some channels have been able to rise above the other in terms of subscribers and consequently can be targeted for their negative reviews.  This particular dispute involved a video game review uploaded by TotalBiscuit, The Cynical Brit, of the game Day One: Garry’s Incident, made by Wild Game Studios.  TotalBiscuit regularly reviews independent (indie) games, games which are developed outside of large studios and which typically have low budgets.  While major retail games are sold for $60 on video game consoles or computers, indie games typically are sold for $20 or less.  TotalBiscuit prefers to review indie games in order to inform consumers of games they should buy which they may never have heard of before.  He also wishes to warn gamers to stay away from games which he feels will be a waste of money.  In TotalBiscuit’s opinion, Day One: Garry’s Incident fell in the latter category. TotalBiscuit’s videos are monetized to receive advertising revenue.  Once a YouTube video is approved to receive advertising revenue, the uploader will receive 55% of the advertising revenue Google is paid by advertisers.  The types of advertising shown will change depending on many factors such as...

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