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Nintendo to profit from YouTube fan videos

Nintendo has confirmed it will profit from user-generated YouTube footage after it became a partner of the popular online video service.

Reddit users began complaining about the company was profiting from ads on YouTube videos which in turn caused Nintendo to respond. So in a statement send to Gamefront, the company confirmed it's new stance.

"As part of our on-going push to ensure Nintendo content is shared across social media channels in an appropriate and safe way, we became a YouTube partner and as such in February 2013 we registered our copyright content in the YouTube database.

"For most fan videos this will not result in any changes, however, for those videos featuring Nintendo-owned content, such as images or audio of a certain length, adverts will now appear at the beginning, next to or at the end of the clips."

Do you use YouTube? Do you think the company is within it's rights to make money from any clips fans upload of its games?

Edited On 16 May, 2013

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shiny miller 4 years ago
Probably within its rights, but it should have opted not to as this will obviously anger people. Especially as other publishers aren't doing this (I don't think so anyway?)
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Ivo 4 years ago
Don't really like or agree with this sort of system but I think it's better for companies to put up ads rather than bluntly taking down the videos. So this is the lesser of the two evils and definitely better than what some other companies do (taking down content, putting strikes, banning accounts, etc.)
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Penelope 4 years ago
"Hey guys, we're gonna take all this hard work you with our stuff, promoting us and spreading the Nintendo love, and puts some craptastic ads at the beginning to make sure nobody wants to see it. Kay? Kay. Love, Nintendo" Pfffffffffffft. Go home Nintendo, you're drunk.
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Dead 4 years ago
Don't see the problem with this, I've heard a lot lately about publishers getting gameplay videos taken down for copyright infringement, this is a much better solution.
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ASC 4 years ago
For regular videos this is much better then copyright takedowns and companies making ad revenue from game content they produced seems perfectly reasonable. The only potential problem I can see is how they handle videos which are already monetised and the content producers who make a living off this sort of revenue.
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H84 4 years ago
I think it's only fair. If it wasnt for Nintendo these videos wouldnt exist in the first place!
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DynamiteWhyte 4 years ago
It's better than takedowns, but if they start to take away from the money that people make from these videos then it is just low. EA invite all the youtubers to try out their games and run ideas through them if they have a good enough following.
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Artemisthemp 4 years ago
I don't have a issue with a little skipable advert, but unskipable no
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Loli-Nox-Tan 4 years ago
There is this little thing called "Patience"
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Robichoico 4 years ago
I dunno but this kinda makes me feel that all of this is what people feel entitled to. So a Lets Play is recording the game and chatting over it. Fair enough. But the issue seems to be with people who are making money from these. So these people....are complaining about making money from....somebody else's work? So if this is ok then surely posting an entire film, talking over it and making money is ok too? No? How about a music video? Not a shot? Hmmm. Strange that a Game should be allowed to.

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