Copyright As Censorship Again: Game Developer Takes Down Scathing YouTube Review
from the and-all-hell-breaks-loose dept
But, from there, TotalBiscuit's video gets even more impressive. He doesn't just Streisand Effect Wild Games Studio, calling more attention to the content that the company tried to censor, but he digs into a bunch of other shady practices by the company, including (badly) astroturfing reviews, and accusations that they tried to pump up their Kickstarter campaign (for the same game) by (1) having the CEO of the company pledge $10,000 upfront, and (2) having others pledge high amounts and withdraw them later (suggesting that it was just to make it look like there was momentum for the campaign).
TotalBiscuit doesn't stop there. Next up he calls out YouTube for having a system like this, where censorship can occur so easily based on wholly bogus copyright claims. He points out that YouTube needs to do more to not allow these kinds of things to happen. Of course, YouTube is in a tough spot, seeing as they're also getting slammed by the legacy entertainment industry for not making it even easier to block content on the site.
Finally, he promises that any ad revenue earned from both the video above and the original one that was taken down, will be donated to the EFF, because the EFF remains awesome and continues to fight against such abuse.
After all of this, Wild Games Studio's "Stephane" says that "after seeing all the negative impact today we decided to withdraw our complaint to YouTube." That's an incredibly weak response. It's the equivalent of "if you were offended, I apologize." It's not taking responsibility for the blatant censorship or other abusive behaviors.
And yet there are still some people out there who insist that copyright is never used to censor.