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With the release of Grand Theft Auto V tomorrow, many YouTubers have asked Rockstar what its policy is on sharing footage. In a statement posted on the company's website, the publisher has made its wishes known.
There are three rules you must follow if you are planning on sharing captured footage. You may not publish material prior to release of a game (or show an early unboxing video). Rockstar will have content that includes spoilers removed. Finally, the in-game entertainment (television shows, movies, radio stations, comedy performances, etc.) can not be displayed by themselves.
Furthermore, use of footage extends to "non-commercial" purposes. Provided you aren't selling memberships to access the content or promoting your own merchandise, you should be in the clear.
It's important to note that these policies can be changed at any time. For those planning on showing non-spoiler gameplay or making machinima from the footage, you're in the clear.
Our TakeGiven the recent buzz about direct capture and the monetization of videos on YouTube, tacit approval is no longer enough. Developers and publishers need to be explicit with their rules up front, which also allows them to more easily enforce them when necessary.
Expect a flood of GTA V videos starting at midnight tonight.
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I am just planning on uploading a few videos of me just messing around the city and then some multiplayer when it comes out, I can't wait to get the game!
Already saw some unboxing vids and *** today. Those people should watch their back. Rockstar is one dev I wouldn't push buttons on.
I wouldn't mess around with what Rockstar says about this cause they are one of my favorite developers.
I'm surprised people have even been asking 'em about this...
Play the game.
Leave out story stuff.
If it spoils, they will find you. Liams Neesons style.
Just play the game and enjoy it. Cut out story stuff and you're good.
For twitch then I would say the best way to do it is just show the open world stuff and such. It's also nice to see that Rockstar acknowledges the community of Youtubers, Twitch, and other streamers. These rules are very simple to follow and is a welcome to see.
Glad they showed this off a few days ago. I've been going through my early copy and was going to edit together the cutscenes, but it looks like I can't do that. Shame. GTA V already has fine cinema grade cinematics and it would have cool to show them off all together.
Well at least RockStar came up front and stated it. After the issues with a lot of people with Battlefield 3 and showing off their games they played. I feel that YouTube is one of the best free marketing tools that any publisher could use. Allowing people who like the game show it off. The publisher gets paid a bit of fee and advertisers get in and more money is made through the fact that most YouTubers have to allow ads to pay for the channel. As the licencing fee is too much for most or it is stupid to even pay it by yourself. Thus is why it is wrong to Ad-Block YouTubers are your hurting them.
Yet in the end. It is their licence and they can do whatever they want with it. Yet may hurt them if they come down too hard on people who are famous on the YouTuber World.