Microsoft to disallow use of footage of their games in for-profit enterprises?
Microsoft says people that use footage from its video games to make content are no longer allowed to make a profit from it?
Editor's Note: It appears that this will only affect sites that have built a business around capturing and streaming Microsoft Studio's game footage. Partners with Microsoft appear to be unaffected and it shouldn't hurt anyone that isn't monetizing the content. Jessica Shea, community manager at Halo 4 developer 343 Industries had this to say about Microsoft's position.
I admit, I'm not sure what to make of this. In Microsoft's Game Content Usage Rules page it seems to indicate that using any footage from a Microsoft Studios game (basically any game where Microsoft owns the copyright), Microsoft says you can make content with it and post it on a site with advertising as long as you don't make a profit from said advertising or content. Am I totally misreading this? Please say I am.
If this is the case...where does that leave review sites when it comes to reviewing Microsoft Studios' content? Surely there's something in there about that...
Will ScrewAttack be affected? 'Cause that would SUCK.
If they do, that's fine. All legal and wrapped up nicely.
Microsoft and Rooster Teeth have a commercial agreement.
I do enjoy Red vs Blue, I'm not dumb enough to say otherwise. What I'm saying is that the people doing it shouldn't recieve money for it. It's a fan product first and formost,using a Microsoft IP, some that they don't own. How can you make money off something someone else owns? I can't make money off a buisness my neighbour runs just because I like their product, can I? If you remix a song, you can't sell it without owner permission. Books, music, movies and video games, it doesn't matter, you can't lawfully make money off someone elses creations that they have a copyright on without permission.
Of course, I'm not ultimatly the one who decides what they'll allow or not.
Besides the music to Halo, Red Vs Blue is the BEST thing to come out of Halo.
so you don't enjoy red vs blue?
Read the Frank O'Connor article that gear12 put a link to down below and to the editor's note up top. It's to keep any companies from making money off of the IPs of Microsoft, someone like Daneboe or Pewdiepie who get money via YouTube because of viewer counts aren't companies or corporations..
Um, "people who make a fair bit of money off of Let's Plays" ARE affected.
Imagine if Activision came out and said "Hey, just so you know, you can't make money off of playing Call of Duty for the Internet."....
I'm of the opinion that if someone makes any money of someone elses designs, characters or worlds, they should be stopped unless they recieve specific permission from the original designer. It doesn't matter if how you use it is unique, you're still basing your work off someone elses, and using their designs to premote your work. Nintendo has said before that they enjoy the parodies and skits and even little flash games, as long as they're being made for fun and not profit.
Just seems like it was poor wording on Microsoft's part.
Hey Microsoft... How are ALL those exclusive games for the XBOX coming along for ya?
So based off of what gear12 and the editor have said it seems that people who make a fair bit of money off of Let's Plays and companies like Machinima or Rooster Teeth are unaffected by this. Fair enough.
Ah...ok. I was never good at understanding legalese (or rules). Thanks for the explanation!
It's actually not as bad as it looks. It really only applies to corporations using other people's IP's for profit. Frank O'connor, the Franchise Development Director released this statement:
"As I mentioned in the Halo community thread, these rules actually haven't really changed, and even the updated and clarified text has been up there for months. I assume somebody just noticed this and posted this morning because it sort of blew up. This has always been the Legal status for the IP (and MOST IPs in fact), and as you also already know, nobody is being sued, or in jail, etc etc etc.
The language isn't designed to stop kids streaming their games, or covering their costs, it's designed to stop big companies from using somebody else's IP to run a business.
We'll put together some language that will help community people navigate this easily, and give people workarounds."