The Jimquisition: The YouTube Fair Use Protection Program

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It’s a rather special edition of The Jimquisition today, as I get to be part of the unveiling of YouTube’s Copyright Protection Program. It’s a new plan that will see YouTube stepping up its game and financially backing content creators who find their videos unfairly targeted by spurious copyright takedowns.

As a long-term target of said takedowns, it’s particularly pleasing to be part of the rollout, and to reveal how one underhanded developer, Moo Tech, tried and failed to censor me.

It just got a little harder to be a cowardly, censoring timewaster.

ENAY
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ENAY

Well done Jim, you really deserve this. Please do, sit on your high throne and be very smug with a big grin on your face.
You are the Ian Hislop of the gaming world, long may you reign! 🙂

Erin von Vengerberg
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Erin von Vengerberg

You just reminded me of Jim’s E3 predictions where the entire centre was filled with dogs and Jim was sitting in his throne on high feeding them meat.

HisDivineOrder
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HisDivineOrder

Let’s hope Youtube shows up to help lots of people and not just a handful to try and give off the impression they care when they still don’t.

LucidJP
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LucidJP

Hm. No wonder Jim Sterling’s channel has seemed to be less active lately. This is 3 Jimquisitions now, in ONE WEEK! This man’s been busy.

Forrest Kayssen
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Forrest Kayssen

I believe the channel being marginally quieter than usual is a side effect of the flood of titles that have needed reviewing these past couple of weeks.

ThEjOkErIsWiLd
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ThEjOkErIsWiLd

Well, that’s +1 to youtube then…

*adjust score from -2,645 to -2,644*

Forrest Kayssen
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Forrest Kayssen

Come on, this new development is worth at least a +2…

George
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George
Congratulations! In no small part you have really contributed to the development of criticism as well freedom of speech. In reference to some of your other ideas… this is also an example of how standing up and calling out bull shit can lead to true and lasting change. And on a personal level that philosophy is something that I carry into my own work in health care. Calling things out saying things again and again and again does lead to real change…even if it it may only be a small change. So thank you for this video and your outlook.… Read more »
Scott John Harrison
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Scott John Harrison

The only thing I don’t like about this is this Developer has effectively got what they wanted for all your none-US viewers.

What is the percentage of your viewership who can’t view this video?

Kevin Lee Shields
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Kevin Lee Shields

I’ve been refreshing this site all day…I never actually expected another Jimquisition to pop up though. Thank God for Jim Fucking Sterling Son!

Rafael R Piñero
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It is a good first step, for all of us.

Craig the War Boy
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I wonder about escalation. Now that they don’t have more (vestigially) legal means to attack detractors, what illegal means will these amoral conartists stoop to in order to silence others? We’ve seen how at least some are willing to stoop to doxxing, and I’m sure they wouldn’t be above “Swatting” him or attempting some other juvenile abuse of the legal system. Its terrorism any way you look at it and if these people are willing to do this to protect their unethical activities then it’s time we stop giving them the benefit of being thinking they’re merely petulant and start… Read more »
Ushio
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Ushio

And all steam green light and early access abusing developers scream in horror.

BWAHAHAHAHAHAHA

Something “witty” here
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Something “witty” here

So Mr. Sterling about the recent kidnappings of youtube shareholders and staff by an elusive individual known only to police as “Jimsaw”

any comments?

Serious note though it’s been a looong time coming and hopefully will be applied to other countries and genres (seem to remember Gavin having his own music claimed by someone else)

So thank you Cthulhu

Neil Studd
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So, that’s YouTube putting $1million in the bank for the phantom lawsuit from Digital Homicide. Somewhere out there, I think I can hear two sphincters tightening.

Logan Graham
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Logan Graham

It’s probably the general trend of the system hitting the biggest guns, and therefore their biggest money makers.

Forrest Kayssen
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Forrest Kayssen

And I was so looking forward to that game about the testicle.

Archmike
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Archmike

BAhahhahahhahahaaa!! Fuck yeah! This is awesome!

It’s like the beleaguered front line has just got notice of the incoming air strikes!
It’s like the Imperial Guard just got Space Marine backup!

It’s like the charge of the Rohirim!

What I’m saying is it’s pretty good yeah?

John Smith
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John Smith

I felt like you and several others held the front line on Steam Greenlight for so long it shamed the others, who abandoned Greenlight as a losing battle, to come back and join the fight.

Well, Youtube finally listened. Here comes the cavalry.

Helmic
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Helmic
It’s good news, in particular the tone they take. Promising a million dollar lawsuit is quite the extended middle finger YouTube has long needed to extend. However, I’m far more concerned about their commitment to bringing these lawsuits against big companies. Would it be willing to sue Sega for censoring all those videos so its new game would be at the top of search results? What about the small channels with ten or so subs and videos with just twenty views that shred Vevo using music clips to criticize their practices? I want to see YouTube actually risk pissing off… Read more »
Johnny Wilson
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Johnny Wilson
The thing about that is that YouTube is owned by Google so it’ll be more a case that these companies need to worry about pissing them off whenever they want to shit in Google’s backyard. I imagine a lot of them might scale back on the shenanigans for a while now that YouTube has planted its flag in the camp of content creators. I mean can you IMAGINE the damage to the visibility of one of SEGA’s games if their adverts were pulled pending legal proceedings? It would eviscerate their potential market share overnight. To say nothing of the new… Read more »
cerpin
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cerpin
It looks like you’ve misunderstood what YT is promising here (if not sorry, disregard what comes next). They’re not saying they will sue the people attempting to take down the content on the content creators behalf. What they’re promising is to help finance a Defence to the tune of $1,000,000. What this does is put the burden of proof back onto the people trying to take down the content. Before, the likes of Sega could come along and say “this content is an abuse of copyright therefore it must be taken down, and if you do not take it down… Read more »
Helmic
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Helmic
No, I understand that YouTube is promising a legal defense. I specifically bring up Sega’s actions as something to sue over as that is a past action with quantifiable damages resulting from Sega’s abuse. As in Sega owes YouTube money for lost revenue through fraudulent use of its services. I feel shakey believing that YouTube would be willing to actually make such a stand when it’s spent so long seemingly kowtowing to avoid itself being subject to DMCA lawsuits. What happens if YouTube guesses wrong and a court makes a blatantly incorrect decision? Are they really going to be willing… Read more »
cerpin
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cerpin
It will actually be interesting to see the fine print of what it is they’re offering. Effectively they’re branching out to be a litigation funder and that usually means they have to be kept in the loop as to prospects of success. For example the ATE insurance providers who fund the litigation I run will not back a claim where the prospects drop below 51% (not unless my client is willing to stump up considerable cash in the form of an increased premium). I would very much doubt YT is providing a blanket agreement that they will fund all litigation… Read more »
Minimink
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Minimink

I’ve got to ask, are the videos gone indefinitley from non-US countries, or is it only a temporary measure until Youtube can get all the legalities sorted out?

Andrew Christianson
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Andrew Christianson

I actually don’t have a legit answer, but I’d assume the old policy would be in effect for non-US countries, so all Jim has to do is protest and wait. I can’t fault YouTube for this, considering they are working with US law, not international.

Sperium3000
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Sperium3000

It sucks that people are threatning you, Jim. Hopefully it’s the empty barks of desperate goobers and not something actually threatning. Hope you can get that dealt with soon.

BAH!
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BAH!

This is excellent, but it does make me wonder how active Youtube/Google have been in helping other content creators. Obviously, they haven’t been very high-profile instances, but considering how reviled the previous system was, you’d think someone would have said something. Unless they had to sign some kind of NDA, which wouldn’t make sense.

Still, it’s better than it was. Baby steps.

Johnny Wilson
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Johnny Wilson
The only one I’ve really ever heard about other than this thing with Jim is that farce Konami tried to pull with Bunnyhop, which I would say is more of a landmark than this particular instance solely for the fact that rather than suppressing critical opinion they were hiding unfavorable investigative journalism in the hopes of saving face. Speculative opinion can be biased or spurious (not that Jim is) but presenting the facts as they stand, no matter how deep they put someone in it is hardly a thing worthy of recrimination. As for YouTube’s muteness regarding copyright affairs, can… Read more »
BAH!
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BAH!
That makes sense, but what about the content creators themselves? If I had been directly assisted by Youtube in keeping my content up, I’d make sure other people knew. Though there is another thing to consider: in making their pro-user stance known, they’re inviting a ton of trouble in the form of users toeing the line- or crossing it altogether. And when those users find themselves without a champion (and rightfully so), the outrage over YT’s “hypocrisy, lies, and corporate cowardice” will drown out any reasonable discussion about how the user’s content was not protected by fair use. And considering… Read more »
Joshua Chap
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Joshua Chap

As someone who has dealt with the DMCA and copyright law for nearly the last 10 years this is amazing news Jim. Good to see youtube is more upfront and honest about all this too. It sure is not going to be easy at all but I’m glad to youtube finally at least is trying here.

Victor Barreiro Jr.
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Victor Barreiro Jr.

Awesome good news!

Master50007887
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Master50007887

Three Jims in 5 days, how bootiful.

Tubey84
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Tubey84

Get in, fantastic news and about bloody time.

MeatMan
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MeatMan

Better late than never, right? Score one for the good guys!

Even Luck
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Even Luck

You really know how to make someone’s day, Jim. Thank God for you. And thanks for all your hard work.

Maddy
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Maddy

Good on you, Jim! And good on Youtube, too. Those are some good news 😀

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