Yup. Sure, YouTube are a big entity and it can get things wrong now and then – these things are to be expected. No harm, no foul and all that nonsense.
Except that when Terry Cavanagh appealed the claim against his own trailer, YouTube rejected it.
If you’ve kept up to date with YouTube’s shenanigans over the past months, you’ll know that they have been causing controversy throughout the gaming community with their copyright infringement claims, meaning that thousands of Let’s Play videos have been taken down despite assurances from the developers themselves that they are happy for them to stay up.
In the latest turn of events, VVVVVV creator Terry Cavanagh has had the trailer for his own game taken down due to copyright infringement over content that he owns. Others who are creating their own videos about his game are also getting the same treatment.
It’s infuriating, especially considering that VVVVVV – despite having me noticeably count how many times I’ve hit my V key at least twenty times in this article – is a sensational game. It’s eye-clawingly difficult, but accessible and easy to pick up. You can move on from the puzzle that’s got you stuck to the next puzzle that will have you even more stuck, and more clawy. It’s a great retro 2D platformer and it’s £3.99 on Steam – go grab it.
There has been chatter on various community sites about whether these developers and professional vloggers should be taking their trade to other places, such as Vimeo. I can’t see that happening personally, at least not in the short run, but I can also attest that I’ve never experienced any copyright claim issues on Vimeo either. Swings and roundabouts.