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Family Guy Steals From Youtube

Entertainment News: Family Guy Steals From Youtube

We have another case of Youtube copyright drama, this time involving the long running animated show Family Guy. The show pulled clips from Youtube to use in an episode, but then flagged original clips once the show was posted. Not very funny Family Guy.

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  • KateArcade FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

    1 year ago

    I'm not sure that I agree when you say Family Guy's use of the footage was not transformative in any way. They basically did exactly what every game playthrough does by voicing over the top of visuals owned by someone else. It was shitty that Fox didn't ask permission or give due credit, but if we have rules, they should apply to everyone in the same way. We can't just say "this is bad because you're a big corporation, but we're the little guy so it's fine for us."
    The gag spoken over the top was the part that transformed the footage, and at the risk of biting the hand that feeds, I'd say it's just as transformative as half of the stuff Roosterteeth/Let's Play produces.

  • Teagaaaaaaan FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

    1 year ago

    wouldn't their vo count as a unique take on the content

  • GobiTodic FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

    1 year ago

    Meg's blue hair look awesome.

  • packers1222

    1 year ago

    I mean sure Family Guy used someone else's video... But the person who made the video was using someone elses game. You're annoying Meg

  • EricHVela FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Anagram for cHeValiEr.

    1 year ago

    YouTube's Content ID works for the big guys.


    Fox took some people's performances and used them. YTCID gave favor to the business despite the content already being online long before the episode's creation -- immediately erring to the big guys.


    My tinfoil hat voice tells me that Fox didn't care if YTCID tagged the original... or, at least, didn't care enough to protect the original sources when they decided to just take stuff from them. What did they have to worry about anyway? Backlash on the Internet lasts for as long as...

  • ZeroHowl FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

    1 year ago

    What did the 'Everyone Hates X-Men: Apocalypse' news video contain that was a breach of Fair Use?

  • Mercapto FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

    1 year ago

    While it might not be illegal for Fox to use youtube game footage like this, since the game is from Konami originally and they may have had their permission, it's certainly morally questionable and a poor business decision.
    Now people are pissed off at Fox because they've painted themselves in a bad light. How long and how much money would it have really taken them to get proper permission? And how much of that time and money they 'saved' have they now wasted trying to deal with the backlash?
    Surely the employees of a multi-billion dollar company should know better than to think they can just grab anything they like off of youtube without repercussions, unless they are all horrifically naive about the way the internet works.

  • CoffeeBurps FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

    1 year ago

    Based on how the YT video was used, a case could be made that Fox was practicing Fair Use. Just like a Let's Player. However, content claiming the original video is still extremely shitty.

    • Googel FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

      1 year ago

      Usually the Let's Play (if they're worth anything) will have the name of the game on their video or description. Fox didn't even bother adding a little mention of the guy's channel in the episode's end credits.

    • CoffeeBurps FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

      1 year ago

      But for fair use, you dont need permission from the owner and (as far as I'm aware) don't absolutely NEED to credit the source, even tho not doing so is frowned upon. However, as we are all painfully aware of, Fair Use is a huge legal gray area that no one really understands so even if its accepted that you SHOULD credit the source, the case can still be made that they dont NEED to.

  • feelingblue FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

    1 year ago

    I am so tired of this copyright bullshit that I can’t even get angry any more.

  • TheRTV FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Round Peg in Square Hole

    1 year ago

    Since it's just a gameclip, then I wouldn't say the original video is fair use. Fox wouldn't need to credit that video. They might need to get Konami's permission. If they did, then I have no issue with it. The problem, like you said, is that Fox took down the original vid. Even though YT's system needs more work, companies need to have a closer eye on the takedown's they do.

    • Purplefood FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

      1 year ago

      I think they probably should have asked anyway, It's polite.