YouTube Pulls Official The Last Of Us Trailer Due To 'Copyright Claim'

Earlier today I received an e-mail from the people at YouTube, who informed me that a seven-second video that I ran of Nintendo game designer Shigeru Miyamoto bobbing his head during a musical performance of the Spike VGAs was in violation of a Viacom copyright.

YouTube, I learned will not jump to the conclusion that a seven-second clip is a-ok.

Neither, is another video we captured of Miyamoto bobbing his head, one we used for a brief news item.

Perhaps it was the musical performance of the Black Keys, playing in the background of those clips that got Viacom's attention. How could Viacom or YouTube know these videos were captured for news purposes?

And... what else isn't free and clear of Viacom complaints and YouTube reactions? Oh, just the official trailer for The Last of Us. It, too, has been pulled for now.

All of these clips have one thing in common: they involve content that aired on the Spike Video Game Awards on Saturday night.

We've reached out to Last of Us's caretakers at Sony for comment about this. We'll hit up YouTube, too and see what the deal is.

This is The Last Of Us's YouTube trailer, as uploaded by Sony. If/when it displays something other than a takedown notice, you'll know that the parties involved came to their senses. That one seems pretty cut and dry.

(YouTube has also pulled a video we captured of the Call of Duty developers getting "teabagged" at the awards and are threatening to cut off the account of Brian Crecente, who uploaded that. He's claiming fair use.)

Last of Us Trailer Pulled [Twitter]


    Viacom, controling the internet since 1996

    And if SOPA goes through Shit is going to get alot worse

    Overzealous content matching is fun, isn't it?

    My Let's Play videos constantly get flagged for that, often by groups who are completely unrelated (I believe a Batman video got flagged by IGN and an unlisted Avatar the Last Airbender got picked up by a copyright troll group).

    Youtube does not have a great system in place for this sort of thing and it is rife with exploitation.

    Found it

    YouTube's just applying the law as it is in the US. They're covering their butts.

    Of course, SOPA will make it a lot worse, and finally a couple of companies have started speaking out about it.

      Well, they are following the part of the law that says if they don't take down content on request they could be held liable.

      Viacom certainly has no basis to issue takedown notices on video game trailers owned by the developers though (especially if the trailer was posted by the copyright holder).


    There is alot of hate videos about Viacom on Youtube lol

    I remember when there was anything and everything on Youtube... Then Google brought them

    Amazing. Even Youtube is starting to recognize Kotaku writes some shithouse articles and is taking action.

    Take note guys

    The funniest thing is that they haven't claimed against the version of the trailer than IGN put up (which was the second result in the search) so you can just watch it there

    So if all I need to do is make a claim, and they'll remove it to cover their butts while they investigate, can't i just go around flagging random stuff? Or worse, if Im a large corporation can I just get someone to flag any videos my competitors put up all the time? Even if I get called out on it, I can just say "Oh sorry, I was mistaken"

      That's exactly what some guy did with Justin Bieber a few months ago. Managed to get every single one of Beiber's vidoes on Youtube taken down before anyone realised what was happening.

        was just about to mention this. Probably troll of the decade right there.

      Everyone agrees it's a stupid policy until they have some of their own copyrighted materiel stolen. It's the few who ruin it for the majority, especially when the majority can normally claim fair use of any potentially infringing materiel anyway.

    With SOPA... (maybe wrong spelling) this will only get worse

    Viacom's generally regarded as a whiney bitch with YouTube doing it's best to keep them quiet it seems.

    Great trailer. I've never heard of the game before, and now I want to buy it (even though I usually HATE zombie apocalypse stuff). What more can you ask of a trailer?

    Welcome to the future.
    When it comes to obscenely huge sums of money, logic and reason fly out the door.
    It's only going to get worse.

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