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Is Nintendo backing away from the Let's Play policy?

While Nintendo hasn't said any new firm things on the matter, Kotaku has come in contact with Zack Scott. He was one of the people hit with ads reversal, but it seems like things might turn around.

It's not like Nintendo reached out to Scott nor made any formal policy change. In Scott's experience, his Nintendo videos got hit with Nintendo copyright claims and lost their ads and then that just... reversed itself. "At some point during the claim, my revenue for specific Nintendo-claimed videos disappeared," he said. "The revenue then recently reappeared."


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24 Jun 2013 11:39

I thought it was fine for Nintendo to get revenue from their games on the web, but it was kinda bad to affect gaming centric channels with it.
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24 Jun 2013 11:51

they should work with the youtubers to get better sales as they are great for marketing a game. say if got smosh to play a game on gamebang they most likely will get more sales from how fun it looks. i know i only bought battleblocktheatre due to nova videos
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24 Jun 2013 12:07

Was hoping NOA would force people to get a real job. Sad this didn't happen. (PS guys, NAMCO does it too and NO ONE complains)
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24 Jun 2013 12:10

Yeah, I don't see why this is such an issue considering companies are well within their rights to stop people from monetizing their intellectual property. Coming from the fan fiction community, that's just a given. Don't expect to get away with making money off of somebody else's intellectual property.
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24 Jun 2013 12:19

My only issue with this whole deal was how people were acting like Nintendo was either removing videos or getting people banned, which they were NOT (otherwise people like Chuggaconnery would have been banned a month ago). I hate to say it but I feel like the internet has bred too much of an entitlement mentality where people feel like it's okay to use other people's property to make money without getting some kind of permission (unlike MST3K, which did get permission), and the moment said monetization is removed they feel like they need to take on a faux anarchist mentality of "I saw V for Vendetta one time and think that this whole thing is wrong and no different from a totalitarian government!" This isn't the freaking American Revolution people, NIntendo isn't hitting Lets Players with bannings, taxes, imprisonment, or stuff like that, no need to take this whole thing so damn seriously...
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24 Jun 2013 12:33

while I respect Nintendo's right to be able to make copyright claims on these videos, I knew people weren't going to be happy with it. I'm happy to see they've (seemingly) changed their minds since I don't want Let's plays of Nintendo videos to not be done just because of the ad revenue.

Plus, I now don't have to worry about game explain being not getting paid and thus being unable to do their awesome videos.
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24 Jun 2013 12:50

I hope so. Making a policy and trying to take people's ad money for this is kind of a pathetic decision, and I'll be happy if they show they've listened to all the criticism and changed their mind like the article suggests.
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24 Jun 2013 14:20

@CM30
More pathetic than making money off is someone else's intellectual property, though?

I'm not saying I agree with one way of thinking over the other. I definitely see both sides of it and don't care either way what happens. I just think it is ridiculous to call out one side over the other when there isn't a clear cut right and wrong. (Unless we are talking legality... then Nintendo is obviously right, because they own the content featured in the videos.)
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24 Jun 2013 15:10

How can this be!? Nintendo is evil and wanted all the Nintendo LPers who are s'posed to have fun playing games AND getting paid for it to LP SONY and MICROSAFT games because HUFF AND PUFF they became delegated nintendo marketers like Nintendo YouTube Intended!
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24 Jun 2013 15:50

To be honest I don't see the whole "LPers will now have to get a real job" thing.

The only Nintendo centric LPer who has a big enough fanbase to make a job out of it is Chuggaconory, and A. I think he already has a job and B. His LPs are of really high quality and actually feel like they had effort put into them.

The real problem here is that the real lazy Lping bastards are ones who play Indie games like Minecraft and the stupidly large amount of horror games which (Of course) are not made by nintendo, and which got big in the first place by those Lpers and as such the makers revel in their free advertisement. These guys probably have a few years before they have to actually do something with their lives other than show their face on a webcam while screaming at Slenderman.
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24 Jun 2013 16:04

Why can these people make money of copyrighted material but I can't even upload it? =/
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24 Jun 2013 16:19

I think it's good to see Nintendo reversing their decision if it truly is the case. I know Nintendo had the right to do what they did, but the decision also discouraged a lot of people from doing what was essentially free advertising for Nintendo.

If there's anything Nintendo needs right now, it's people showing the world that there are fun games to play on Nintendo systems.
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24 Jun 2013 17:50

Yeah well those making money off the IP are not totally bad, I mean think of it even if they are, that money in the end goes to Nintendo's next IPs when the LPers buy the games to begin with and the extra that they get after a new buy goes to the extra tools that make their LPs even better.
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24 Jun 2013 19:06

@TheDreamingHawk This.

Nintendo owes those guys making money off their IPs nothing.
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24 Jun 2013 19:36

Just curious, is there a lot of Let's Play videos for Nintendo published WiiU games? I see people talk about how Nintendo NEEDS this free advertisement, but unless someone is playing NintendoLand, NSMBU, Sing Party or recently Lego City Undercover then that argument makes no sense.
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24 Jun 2013 21:58

Chosenoneknuckles wrote:@TheDreamingHawk This.

Nintendo owes those guys making money off their IPs nothing.

Free publicity...
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25 Jun 2013 01:26

Interesting. Well, I wonder if this was some sort of fluke or if Nintendo is changing their policy.
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25 Jun 2013 05:53

ddddd wrote:
Chosenoneknuckles wrote:@TheDreamingHawk This.

Nintendo owes those guys making money off their IPs nothing.

Free publicity...


They can LP without being partners. :roll:
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25 Jun 2013 20:15

Chosenoneknuckles wrote:
ddddd wrote:
Chosenoneknuckles wrote:@TheDreamingHawk This.

Nintendo owes those guys making money off their IPs nothing.

Free publicity...


They can LP without being partners. :roll:

Doesn't mean they shouldn't be. Specially if they own a gaming site. Partners or not, Nintendo a kind of exposition of their games with "Let's Play"s that their own crappy 30 second clips cant convey.

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