Microsoft Changes Game Content Usage Rules for Fan-Made Videos

October 10, 2012 -

Microsoft has added a single line to its "Game Content Usage Rules" (found over in the community section of Xbox.com) that restricts gamers from earning money from videos that contain footage of Microsoft games like... every Halo game every made (thanks Rpad.tv). So if you are one of those YouTube stars with a large following that may have benefited from ad dollars, the party seems to be officially over for you... From the new rules:

"Microsoft grants you a personal, non-exclusive, non-transferable license to use and display Game Content and to create derivative works based upon Game Content, strictly for your noncommercial and personal use."

While this won't stop you from creating videos using footage from various Microsoft games, it does force you to take some additional steps before you do, and basically eliminates any revenue you might have made on sites like YouTube...

Source: Digital Trends by way of Rpad.tv


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Re: Microsoft Changes Game Content Usage Rules for Fan-Made ...

To be honest, this strikes me as being targeted at reviewers. It certainly sounds like it puts a stop to video reviews.

Re: Microsoft Changes Game Content Usage Rules for Fan-Made ...

Is this even enforceable?  Can a company just declare its content to not be subject to fair use?

Re: Microsoft Changes Game Content Usage Rules for Fan-Made ...

No problem, Microsoft.  I'll just give free advertising and revenue cuts to another company.

 

Andrew Eisen

Re: Microsoft Changes Game Content Usage Rules for Fan-Made ...

I guess, then, that Rooster Teeth will not be selling any future Red Vs. Blue DVDs.

Re: Microsoft Changes Game Content Usage Rules for Fan-Made ...

Considering just how close their relation is with the halo guys (actually appearing in multiple games as easter eggs), I wouldn't call it impossible for them to receive a different license.

Re: Microsoft Changes Game Content Usage Rules for Fan-Made ...

True.

Re: Microsoft Changes Game Content Usage Rules for Fan-Made ...

That is what I would I would figure.  The correct statement is, "Well, guess we wont see any new groups using Microsoft's products to create a more interconnected fan-base like Rooster Teeth."

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