[YGO: TAS] CardGamesFTW vs. YouTube’s Content ID System II: Blocked Videos Return

November 14, 2010 at 9:58 am | Posted in Other Stuff, Yu-Gi-Oh: The Abridged Series | 1 Comment
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Tristan, Joey, and Tea reacting to Yugi's victory over Mako Tsunami in episode 7

As of yesterday, all of Little Kuriboh’s Yu-Gi-Oh! Abridged episodes that were blocked by YouTube’s Content ID System have returned! LK had reassured his fans on Thursday evening that he was aware of the issue, writing “Fear not, people, I’m working on getting the videos back up” in a bulletin post on CardGamesFTW.

Aside from the obvious benefit of having LK’s videos unblocked, this event has also brought forth an interesting tidbit or two about 4Kids and their views of YGOTAS. We’ve long known that at least one person over at 4Kids likes (or says that he likes) LK’s work — that individual being the storied Nameless Cubicle Office Guy (NCOG). And, with the recent adoption of one of LK’s infamous catchphrases for Toonzaki, we know that 4Kids isn’t against having a little fun with the YGOTAS fanbase.

But when Little Kuriboh disputed YouTube’s matching of his videos against the Content ID system’s reference files, we really got to see 4Kids’ stance on the legality of YGOTAS. Whenever a dispute is filed, the content owners are notified and are forced to act. They could issue a DMCA takedown notice, thereby removing the offending video and possibly penalizing the uploader’s YouTube account. They could even ignore all of YouTube’s formalities and simply file a lawsuit against the uploader. 4Kids did neither of these. Instead, they freed LK’s videos from the clutches of the Content ID system.

It’s true that the NCOG once declared (in the third block quotation) that YGOTAS isn’t illegal, but we all know that actions speak louder than words. And now that 4Kids has acted, they’ve definitively established that they aren’t interested in yanking LK’s videos… for now anyway.

So, to anyone who is still harboring apocalyptic notions of 4Kids pursuing and killing off YGOTAS videos… To anyone who still believes the events in YGOTAS episode 50 will somehow trigger another account termination for Little Kuriboh… To anyone who still thinks 4Kids is the devil… Please free yourselves of these ridiculous and unsubstantiated theories.

Still, whenever someone utilizes content that doesn’t belong to him, there’s always a chance that action may be taken against him. Little Kuriboh’s videos are not “safe.” We don’t know what position the Japanese licensors of Yu-Gi-Oh! take with regards to these videos. Nor do we know the position that YouTube itself takes. Why was Little Kuriboh’s original YouTube account permanently terminated back in 2007? Was it the Japanese content owners who raised their hands against it? Was it YouTube itself? Was it 4Kids? Not even LK knows for sure.

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  1. Man, its so scary how these corporation get to play God this way.

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