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On Saturday December 6th, Capcom released the trailer for the PS4/PC exclusive title Street Fighter V. Shortly afterwards popular YouTuber Angry Joe uploaded an “Angry Rant” discussing the trailer and the new exclusivity deal with Playstation. Like many of his videos, Angry Joe was negative towards the news and shortly thereafter a Digital Millennium Copyright Act claim was issued on the video. On the grounds that use of the trailer violated Capcom’s copyright, Angry Joe’s video was taken down.

Bizarrely, Angry Joe was using press credentials issued to him by Capcom themselves to create his video, so a subsequent DMCA claim on the content used is strange indeed. Angry Joe has since responded to Capcom’s action in his typical fashion.

As many gamers are aware, Angry Joe is far from the first to experience DMCA claims used in this manner.

DMCA first entered most gamers’ lexicon in 2013 when TotalBiscuit’s video on Day One: Garry’s Incident which was both very popular and highly critical of the game was taken down by the developer on the grounds that “Total Biscuit has no right to make advertising revenues with our license”. The backlash against the seemingly spiteful copyright claim resulted in much more negative press for Garry’s Incident and an increased awareness of copyright claims as a tool in games media.

Recently, Call of Duty publisher Activision was revealed to be making copyright claims on YouTube videos showing glitches, exploits and cheating methods in their recently released game; Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare. In this case the claims were not restricted to popular YouTube personalities or even to negative content/commentary; the Activision claims seemed to hit any Advanced Warfare content regardless of creator or opinion. This was not Activision’s first copyright blitz either, in a humorous 2012 case their wide DMCA claims resulted in an official Call of Duty trailer removed from the official Xbox Canada channel.

Many gamers find these sort of copyright claims both disingenuous on the part of publishers and as callous attempts to silence negative press for games that deserve critique.

Share your thoughts on the big bad DMCA with us in the comments! Are they a necessary tool for creators or a malicious business tactic pure and simple?

Wyatt Hnatiw

Staff Writer

Wyatt Hnatiw is a lifelong gamer with a borderline inappropriate love of BioWare RPGs and Bioshock. Maybe he just loves the prefix Bio...

  • DoombotBL

    When does the hashtag scandal against these idiotic abusive publishers begin? They give gamers plenty of reasons every year.

  • Sebastian Mikulec

    I figured Capcom would be all out of bullets to shoot into their foot by now. I guess they put in a new clip.

  • Bearpants112

    I consider it part of a systemic lack of ethics in the industry that #GamerGate hopes to rectify.

  • Reptile

    I’m starting to assume that the “C” in “DMCA” stands for “Censorship” and not “Copyright”.

  • Ryan Juel

    Pretty close. It’s kinda sad, really…

  • Ryan Juel

    Yeah, pretty much this.

  • Joe

    Never seen so much salt over exclusives I can understand the anger about the copyright shit though

  • rpsgc
  • Shippoyasha

    What irks me is that what Joe said wasn’t anything out of the line. He didn’t throw Capcom under the bus. He was giving them a leeway for explanation at every turn. Even in his rebuttal video of the DMCA strike, he was a lot calmer than many people would have been.

    Capcom’s leadership has always been suspect. It had been for a good 5 or 6 years now. This is not even anything new either.

  • Fenrir007

    Well, it’s Crapcom, the undisputed kings of bad decisions in the east, so I’m not that surprised.

  • Wyatt Hnatiw

    I think this is the best attitude, you don’t have to be a fan to recognize injustice and you can recognize impropriety in those that you are fans of.

    The best thing is to be aware as a consumer in every case and react accordingly, thats how we build a better industry.

  • I’m guessing they’re using bots to troll youtube for “violations”. It’s stupid really, but Capcom’s been having weird issues of late.

  • dsadsada

    I always pronounced it mah-gah-zeene.

  • AgentBJ09

    I’m surprised Joe even bothered talking about Capcom at this point. I guess he still hasn’t learned to let this sleeping dog lie after every issue he’s had with them in the past.

  • Honk Honk

    m-m-maa-g… clip

  • rpsgc

    Well, yeah, uh, you know, stuff, uhm… I got it wrong 🙁

  • Didn’t they all go out of business?

  • Mr. Despair

    Well he didn’t specify a gun model, so clip is fine :p

  • rpsgc

    Yes. All the people referring to magazines as clips drove them out of business.

  • those bastards.

  • Jeremy Corbeil

    I disagree with the last line of this article.

    But I would agree with it if you replaced “many gamers” with “any sane human being”.

  • Wyatt Hnatiw

    Many gamers also believe the DMCA is some distant cousin to the DMV, but I take your point. 😉

  • Ah, DMCA, companies favorite censorship tool.