Yo, just a quick “my two cents on this abnormal news story” post.
Nintendo is filing a sort of copyright claim on any YouTube videos of a sufficient length that showcase footage from their games, particularly Let’s Play videos. Basically, they’re preventing any Let’s Players from making money via ad revenue off any of their games, and instead taking the money for themselves.
I feel more conflicted about this than I would have guessed. On the one hand, I really, really like watching Let’s Plays — I’m simultaneously proud and embarrassed to say that the majority of my time with my laptop is spent watching them. Sometimes even re-watching them. Who does that? Who watches total strangers play videogames, then watches those same strangers play those same games again. It’s madness, but it’s my madness, and I love it.
Anyway, on the other hand, Nintendo could be behaving much worse. They could ban the videos entirely, or ban the Let’s Players making the videos. Instead they’re just asking for a piece of the YouTube pie, and seeing as the footage wouldn’t exist without them it could be argued that they deserve any money that comes out of these videos.
Back on the one hand, though, many of these Let’s Players actually fund themselves from these videos (and the ads attached to them), so Nintendo is limiting and in some cases denying these people their income. So that’s scary.
Plus, I have yet to play Nintendo’s Skyward Sword because I planned to do a Let’s Play of it. Now I’m not so sure I want to bother. I didn’t expect to make any money off it, but I do feel frustrated with the company for hurting their fans, people who do make their money this way and are giving the company free advertising.
Oh well, I’m just ranting. I hope this issue is fixed for the better — and soon.