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Did Konami accidently force YouTube to start protecting against DMCA takedowns?

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To say Konami is acting strange at the moment is a bit of an understatement. First of all they kicked Hideo Kojima out of the company, then cancelled Silent Hill. They then decided to pull the PT demo from the PSN store and even remove the ability for people who had already installed the game to re-download it.

But they weren’t going to stop there. Next up they decided to announce to the world that they see their future in mobile gaming and as of right now they only have a single console release planned and announced for this year and it isn’t PES.

So after destroying their fanbase they sat down and tried to figure out how else they could ostracise their remaining fans and came up with the brilliant idea of issuing copyright strikes against YouTubers who were saying bad things about them. Now it’s important to realise that copyright strikes are a big deal on YouTube. If you receive 3 of these then YouTube will close your account and in the past YouTube has never sided with the YouTuber but rather just accepted the demands of corporations and moved on.

This has caused a lot of stress in the Let’s Play industry and it appears that Konami’s asinine attempt to remove negative comments may have kicked YouTube into gear.

It all started when they sent a copyright strike against a YouTuber by the name of Super Bunny Hop for using Metal Gear Rising footage in his video. However unlike before, someone in YouTube’s legal department decided to dig a little and a little over 11 hours after taking down his video and handing over that strike they retracted the strike, republished the video and informed Konami of their failure in this attempt.

You can get all the info in this latest video from Super Bunny Hop:

The two big things here are that YouTube has finally backed their users and Konami appear to have lost their mind entirely. The takedown request was actually from an Executive in Konami and not an over eager PR person, as is usually the case.

Last Updated: May 15, 2015

34 Comments

  1. Jonah Cash

    May 15, 2015 at 14:08

    Wow, I am never trading in my Metal Gear Solid games… They are fast becoming an extinct IP.

    Reply

    • Dutch-Trevor Matrix

      May 15, 2015 at 14:10

      Solid going Flacid?

      Reply

      • Izzy

        May 15, 2015 at 14:15

        Flaccid going Solid going Liquid. lol.

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        • Dutch-Trevor Matrix

          May 15, 2015 at 14:16

          Come again?

          Reply

          • Blood Emperor Trevor

            May 15, 2015 at 14:22

            Give me a minute.

          • Dutch-Trevor Matrix

            May 15, 2015 at 14:23

            You usually do it in 20 seconds. If your girlfriend is to be believed…

          • Lord Chaos

            May 15, 2015 at 14:23

            You can speak to dolls?

          • Blood Emperor Trevor

            May 15, 2015 at 14:24

            It’s not a doll, it’s an ACTION FIGURE!

          • Dutch-Trevor Matrix

            May 15, 2015 at 14:26

            Johnny, what are you doing?
            PLaying with my blow up action figure dad!
            Oh. Sounds nice have fun and wait what???!!!!

          • Marc O Polo

            May 15, 2015 at 19:46

            “Body pillow”

          • Hammersteyn

            May 15, 2015 at 14:23

            That’s what she said

          • Lord Chaos

            May 15, 2015 at 14:24

            Haha, beat you to it.

            Wait… O_o

          • Lord Chaos

            May 15, 2015 at 14:23

            That’s what she said.

          • Hammersteyn

            May 15, 2015 at 14:23

            lol

    • Marc O Polo

      May 15, 2015 at 19:46

      I’ve got a metal gear rising revengence steel case… Don’t have the actual game just the case… They randomly gave it to me at BT games once!

      Reply

      • Jonah Cash

        May 18, 2015 at 08:35

        That is awesome!! I am a bit of a steel case whore, I would pay extra for every game if I can get a steel case…

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        • Marc O Polo

          May 18, 2015 at 08:37

          Same here, only wish I had the game to go with it

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  2. Blood Emperor Trevor

    May 15, 2015 at 14:10

    I read about this last night. Good on YouTube. They also sent quite a snarky response to Konami about the whole thing too.

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    • Umar

      May 15, 2015 at 14:17

      Poor Jim Sterling could’ve used that YT support lol

      Reply

    • RinceTriss

      May 15, 2015 at 14:51

      Youtube did something wrong… WITCHER III is coming?! No, wait…

      Reply

  3. Hammersteyn

    May 15, 2015 at 14:12

    Liked and Subscribed, your move Konami

    Reply

  4. Hammersteyn

    May 15, 2015 at 14:14

    Wait I got it, Phil Fish is working there isn’t he?

    Reply

    • Dutch-Trevor Matrix

      May 15, 2015 at 14:16

      Bart whatsisname that sued Gavin? Colin? Dredge? WTF is Colin Dredge again?

      Reply

      • Hammersteyn

        May 15, 2015 at 14:16

        No idea what you are talking about…

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        • Dutch-Trevor Matrix

          May 15, 2015 at 14:17

          Turns out he was/is a cricket player…

          Reply

        • Lord Chaos

          May 15, 2015 at 14:21

          No one does… 😛

          Almost home time peoples.

          Reply

  5. Izzy

    May 15, 2015 at 14:14

    It’s sad to see Konami in this state. It reminds me of someone that lost their marbles completely to senility, and is thus left with a broken husk of a company that is now shouting conspiracy at the shadows, flinging feces at the walls and shouting profanities at passers-by, instead of dying young and being remembered as everyone’s childhood hero.

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    • Hammersteyn

      May 15, 2015 at 14:17

      This and always this

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      • Izzy

        May 15, 2015 at 14:19

        Holy shit that takes me back. :/

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        • Hammersteyn

          May 15, 2015 at 14:20

          XD

          Reply

  6. The Sten

    May 15, 2015 at 14:26

    …konami

    Reply

  7. Kensei Seraph

    May 15, 2015 at 14:31

    Could this be some kind of mental disease that jumps through time and space and is also responsible for the Germans deciding to attack Russia?

    Reply

  8. RinceTriss

    May 15, 2015 at 14:51

    Wow. How can they be so fucking stupid?

    Reply

  9. beerthirty

    May 15, 2015 at 23:25

    I am willing to put up 50K to make this game happen. Would need to quit my job but if Hideo has a need for a highly skilled IT guy to help out….. Just saying….

    Reply

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