[YGO: TAS] CardGamesFTW vs. YouTube’s Content ID System: Headaches for Little Kuriboh

November 9, 2010 at 2:50 pm | Posted in Other Stuff, Yu-Gi-Oh: The Abridged Series | 3 Comments
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Monkey Tristan squirming in episode 119

If you’ve visited Little Kuriboh’s YouTube channel, CardGamesFTW, to watch his Yu-Gi-Oh! Abridged episodes recently, you may have run into some unpleasant surprises. Several of his videos have been blocked from viewing for using copyrighted footage. This is actually not a new issue. In the past, some of his videos have similarly been unavailable to users in certain countries because of audio/video rights issues. This week however, the video blockage seems to have exacerbated, affecting more viewers and targeting more videos than before.

This has occurred because LK’s videos were scanned by YouTube’s Content ID fingerprinting system and some of them ended up being marked. This system, while effective at marking TV shows, movies, and other illegally uploaded copyrighted content, can have the side effect of marking mashups like YGOTAS if the videos contain enough data that “correspond with” the files the system is using as references. Marked videos can suffer various fates, and 4Kids has apparently elected to block all such videos containing their content. Fortunately, most of LK’s videos have not been marked and are still viewable.

A video is not eternally locked away if it gets marked by the Content ID system. It is possible to dispute the finding, a process that could rescue the video or potentially lead to further headaches involving a DMCA takedown notice. There is currently no word whether LK has or will be pursuing this option.

If you are trying to watch a video that has been blocked, don’t forget that YGOTAS has an account on Blip.tv where all of Little Kuriboh’s major video projects have been uploaded. While I’m unsure whether the account is managed by LK himself or the YGOTAS website staff, rest assured that it is an official account so it is regularly updated and you are supporting LK by using it. My indexes for YGOTAS streams and downloads have direct links to all of the Blip.tv uploads.

Helpful posts:
Yu-Gi-Oh! Abridged on iTunes and Blip.tv, Part 1: Feeds and Streams
Yu-Gi-Oh! Abridged on iTunes and Blip.tv, Part 2: Downloads

Additional reading:
YouTube’s Content ID (C)ensorship Problem Illustrated, Electronic Frontier Foundation


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  1. I thought you’d love it, after all, your the LEGAL blog now.

  2. Gee, that’s odd. I don’t remember ever speaking out against mashups or the legality of such projects. In fact, I’ve made few comments at all about this topic throughout the life of this website.

  3. Lawful Evil or Chaotic Good. Your choice.

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