When I was a young video game player, when I got stuck on a level, I would have to powwow with my friends at the lunch table. We’d discuss possible strategies and tips, and eventually we’d work our way through a level together. These days, though, gamers that get stuck in a tricky spot can turn to the Internet, seeking out helpful videos that walk players through every level and secret of a game. That is, unless those videos violate copyright.
That is an issue that has come up recently, as YouTube recently cracked down on copyright violations on its site. In mid-December, many YouTube channels that feature video game walkthroughs received automated notices of copyright violation from site management. This has been problematic, to say the least, especially since many of these channels claimed that they received explicit permission to use copyrighted footage from the game publishers themselves.