Again things are happening in that wonderful industry of ours, and again publishers and corporations are managing to make the world just a little bit worse. Their newest stroke of genius: Copyright claims on YouTube Let’s Plays, game reviews and pretty much everything that has a frame of their product in it. Because, obviously, LPs are a great threat to the game industry. Or something. I don’t really care about the why. This is about as stupid as it comes and just another step toward the downfall of corporate publishing.
Usually I’d just scream a couple of profanities into the Twitter void, but this seems relevant enough that I’d like to have it around for when we release our games and the question of where we stand on this issue comes up.
So here it is, our official stance:
We don’t give a fuck. Play it, record yourself playing it, share it in any way you like, monetize to your heart’s content. LPs are free advertising, and we don’t plan on punishing you for your help in spreading our work. If you make a few bucks off it, that’s more than fair. And I mean, the line’s pretty clear, right? You take an image or a piece of music or something out of our game and sell it, that ain’t cool. You do a commentary or share your gaming experience with others, that couldn’t be more fine. Monetize. It’s a form of journalism after all, and journalists get paid for talking about games and showing off screenshots and whatnot, so why shouldn’t you?
There are no strings attached either. I’d ask you to put up a link to our website and do some reasonable spoiler warning where appropriate, but it’s not mandatory. Do whatever feels right for you.
So to sum up: Don’t resell our stuff. Do sell your commentary. Any and all footage is fair game. Use it. Show it. Share it. And don’t forget to be a good person.