The tweet string: https://twitter.com/vanaman/status/906983575337107456
Hey so, I want to first say that this is not in any way a defense or minimization of what Pewd did. It was serious, and seriously fucked up, and it should be responded to that way.
I also think that Campo Santo’s indie status is kinda irrelevant for these circumstances. They are a game developer (and publisher? did they self publish? I forget), and this strikes me as more akin to situations where like Capcom has had to drop association with members of the fighting game community or something. It’s not an exact fit, obviously campo had far less an asssociation with pewd, but it seems like there was at least implicit, broadstrokes permission to stream/post videos, and that would have included pewd. From their firewatch faq (http://www.firewatchgame.com/about/):
“Can I stream this game? Can I make money off of those streams?
Yes. We love that people stream and share their experiences in the game. You are free to monetize your videos as well.”
So, now it seems like they want to do what they can to revoke that for pewd, given his recent behavior in particular, and his general behavior the last year or so at least, if not beyond. That instinct makes sense to me. But doing it through DMCA makes me feel a little uneasy. I think this is for two reasons.
One is the general, larger, ongoing fight for fair use that has been going on since streaming, youtube videos, and personality-based video gamed themed content has blown up so big. I mean, this is something that should concern all of us who frequent sites like waypoint or giant bomb or whatever, right? These questions remain unanswered, and this is another developer, indie or not, that is using dmca as a weapon in that fight. In this case, pewd has resources, I’m not worried about pewd. But pewd has shown to have trickle down effects, just even this year, and like it or not, wherefore goes puiyd, so goes the youtube nation, to some extent. This part, I don’t know, I’m conflicted here, because you can’t just do nothing. But the people who feel it the worst won’t be pewd. The whole thing sucks.
But secondly, the specifics of a developer giving blanket streaming/monetization rights, and then following that up with a DMCA claim, that bothers me. I want to clarify again, the target doesn’t bother me. I get that they probably feel like they want to do something, and this feels like a pullable lever. Pewd needs consequences and pushback. And I don’t know that there’s a better tactic. But the idea of a developer giving blanket permission, and then pulling the DMCA lever bothers me.
And to this point, I haven’t seen that raised outside of a defense of pewdiepie. So I thought maybe this could be a place where I brought up these points while still absolutely, without reservation, condemning pewdiepie. That’s all I wanted to say.