Wednesday, January 30, 2019

Escape from Tarkov Devs Hits Another YouTuber With DMCA

After going against Eroktic, Escape from Tarkov developers tries to silence another YouTuber with DMCA complaints.

Although Digital Millennium Copyright Act was meant for movie, music or video game industry to have legal rights over the unauthorized use of their intellectual property, it has been used by many to harass streamers on YouTube and Twitch lately.

What happens here is that developer Battlestate Games of multiplayer tactical shooter game Escape from Tarkov repeating an act of misusing DMCA complaints on a content creator on YouTube after doing the same thing last month for the same reason.

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Escape from Tarkov Devs Hits Another YouTuber With DMCA

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Right after that news caught enough attention, another YouTuber running the handle "EL_Dee" came out sharing a similar story of receiving 47 claims from DMCA for video content on EFT for the given reason of using the watermark and logo of the Russian studio.

This is clearly a ridiculous excuse to hit someone with DMCA takedowns over false accusations by the developer team, because every other content creator does so. EL_Dee claims that their channel was singled out for allegedly creating "negative hype".

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When reached out for comments, a representative of Battlestate informed after a month stating that the claims were submitted almost 8 months ago by a company named AbsolutSoft, who were working on parts of the game then.

They also said that after their situation with Eroktic earlier, they are being very careful with anything that led to legal process. However, AbsolutSoft is a subcontractor for them and has links to their game producer Nikita Buyanov.

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Even though developers are unwilling to take any responsibility over this, Buyanov himself requested EL_Dee personally to take down his negative videos from YouTube before the channel got hit with claims. You can see screenshot of that posted on Reddit.

Whether or not Battlestate or Buyanov was involved against EL_Dee to issue those DMCA complaints, the studio is trying to evade any involvement and is avoiding any responsibility for causing these creators lose money from videos.

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In December 2018, Battlestate Games have chose to abuse DMCA by issuing over 47 copyright strikes against YouTube channel Eroktic, saying the videos were spreading negative hype using inaccurate information and even tried justifying their action.

When this news hit the web, both the community of players and other content creators rallied up in his support and Battlestate took back all of their claims except two. However, their unethical business practices made everyone distasteful at them.

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In both of the cases, Battlestate actually had no problem with the YouTubers using their content. In fact, what they were trying to do was hold back negative hype being created from their video as Eroktic originally exposed a leak of two million player profiles.

Of course the goal of DMCA was to give content creators and copyright holders the means to fight back anyone using their material without consent but if a corporation decides to exploit its merits to shut down any criticism, it is a real concern for everyone.