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Developers May Be “waiving Their Rights” If They Allow YouTubers to Use Game Footage

Posted on the 16 December 2013 by Sameo452005 @iSamKulii
Developers may be “waiving their rights” if they allow YouTubers to use game footage
The controversy of YouTube coming down hard on gameplay videos continues, and now a lawyer well-versed in copyright law has weighed in on the subject, claiming that if developers allow YouTubers to continue unchecked, it may prevent them from taking action in the future if their footage is used in a manner they don’t like.
“Posting video clips without the copyright owners’ permission is copyright infringement,” says Kim Walker, partner at Thomas Eggar law firm. “In allowing gamers to promote themselves with footage informally, and by announcing this to the press, developers may be waiving their right to take action for infringement against these or other You-tubers if the content is used in a way they don’t like, unless they have clearly reserved their rights. A license agreement would be the best way of protecting both parties rather than leaving things on an informal basis, but there will likely be a cost to administer the scheme and so may not prove popular.”
This follows a spate of copyright claims seeing well-known YouTube personalities being forced to remove videos showing gameplay footage.

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