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Copyright claim from IDG Germany on my let's play?

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Hello guys,

Im doing a let's play of this awesome game. View it here!

An employee of Telltame games said it was fine to do a let's play of The walking dead right here on the forums.
The problem is i got a copyright claim from IDG Germany on my vids.
Does that company actually do anything for Telltale Games?
IDG seems to send out random claims, just wanted to let you all know.

So if IDG is somehow connected to Telltale games and they are in their right let me know, i will act accordingly. If not, it may be wise for Telltale games to let youtube know about this.

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    Vainamoinen Moderator

    All right, not sure if I can help you here, but you'll get my two cents.

    IDG Germany distributes the German gaming magazine GameStar. That is the connection to gaming, but absolutely the only one I can see here.

    I'm pretty sure there is no connection to Telltale at all - but with licenses such as this, there might be other connections, for example Kirkman. Do you have any means of asking them what they actually think is "theirs"?

    If not, maybe drop me a PM with the e-mail/info you received on the matter. The GameStar guys are normally rather cool, I might drop them an e-mail asking what is going on here.

  • As a rule of thumb. If a company making the copyright claim only has 3 letters dispute it. I have had hundreds, I am not kidding, of copyright claims from 3 letter long companies. All of which were bogus.

  • IDG isn't just Gamestar, IDG itself is a bad company, selling(or giving out to partners without permission) private data...

  • I wouldnt worry too much unless your tryin to turn a profit or something with someones said product or under some sorta NDA i really dont see much they can really do if its not their product to begin with no harm no foul.

  • @Vainamoinen said: Do you have any means of asking them what they actually think is "theirs"?

    Nope, all you get is a claim notification and the qonsequences are effective inmediatly, wich are eiter the vids become unavailable or advertisements get slapped over the vid. Guess who gets the revenue for those ads.
    Exactly, the company doing the claim. I don't make money doing the vids and i don't want ads on them.

    All i can do is counter te claim via an annoying process that seems a bit biased towards the claimers.

    IDG claimed only 3 videos of my let's play, wich is strange. Either they own it or not. I'm not worried anymore really, it does take the fun out of the let's plays a bit though.
    As always, it seems to be about money. Sigh...

    Thanks for the replies guys!

  • Well I just got hit today for my part 5 of The walking dead. Nothing else was marked. I am intending to dispute this claim as I feel it is wrong. But I am checking up on this first before I dispute.

  • Hey guys, i got the same thing, 4 of my videos were rejected for monetization but only 1 was "Matched with third-party content" which was from this IDG Germany company, ill look into this and update if I find anything out.

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    Vainamoinen Moderator

    That is interesting. I'm not sure what the protocol is here. They don't say what they think of as their protected material, but they can sack you anyway? What if the material they claim actually belongs to Telltale, and Telltale feels that these people actually illegally prohibit a means of advertisement for their games in your let's play videos?

    IDG seems to be on a slippery slope here. Here's hoping these guys break their necks.

    Youtube has recently suffered a desastrous defeat in a German court concerning copyright issues and might be more than careful regarding any claims made from that country, however rightful they may be. That is a little tidbit that might also come into play here.

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S7eTEjp5IsM

    I don't understand, every sound effect I use I got from freesound.org, apart from The Walking Dead blood splatter logo in the intro I don't see ANYTHING that could be copy-written or belong to IDG and I can't find an address to e-mail them :/

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