When YouTuber BabyZone accused gaming juggernaut IGN (and its partner IGN Brasil) of stealing Mortal Kombat 11 deepfake videos, any number of questions were raised about the nature of the alleged stealing, the relationship between IGN and IGN Brasil, and what protections (including the DMCA) are afforded to derivative works.
What did IGN take from BabyZone (by its own admission)?
How does IGN operate so many foreign subsidiaries, and why should they be concerned with IGN Brasil's response?
And just how does the nature of BabyZone's content make IP identification (and DMCA usage) more difficult?
Uploading other people's videos as your own will always present problems...in Virtual Legality.
#IGN #BabyZone #Stealing
Discussed in this episode:
"[IGN and IGN Brasil:] Uploading my DeepFake videos to your Facebook page without authorization..."
Tweet - July 6, 2020 - BabyZone (@BabyZoneYT)
"Youtuber [BabyZone] 's allegations made against IGN are currently blowing up on Reddit."
Tweet - July 7, 2020 - Michael (@LegacyKillaHD)
"Love your videos, would like to see your thoughts on this one."
Tweet - July 7, 2020 - Jason Stewart (@DangerUXO)
"MK11 - Celebrities Skins (Keanu Reeves, The Rock, Bruce Lee, Bruce Campbell, Vandamme) [DeepFake]"
YouTube Video - February 9, 2020 - BabyZone
"Hello, [BabyZone]. From the IGN Brasil team, we are deeply sorry for this."
Tweet - July 7, 2020 - IGN Brasil (@IGNBrasil)
IGN World Webpage
"Hi Guys, the two videos on IGN Brazil FB page were removed."
YouTube Community Post - July 7, 2020 - BabyZone
"Exclusive rights in copyrighted works"
17 USC 106
"Limitations on exclusive rights: Fair use"
17 USC 107
"Copyright in Derivative Works and Compilations"
US Copyright Office (Updated October 2013)
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