Earlier today Sony issued, and has since removed, a number of strikes against YouTube accounts that had No Man’s Sky footage, claiming it violated copyright law.
Last week, both Sony and No Man’s Sky developer, Hello Games, were scrambling to take down video postings of gameplay footage from a leaked copy of No Man’s Sky that was purchased on Ebay for over $1,200. Sean Murray, head of Hello Game’s, pleaded with players to not watch the leaked footage so to not spoil the experience for themselves.
But earlier today, YouTubers who had footage of No Man’s Sky gameplay were finding that their accounts were being flagged by Sony for copyright infringement. YouTuber Steven Thomas, who runs the No Man’s Sky gamer channel, posted an emotional video response that has since been made private, after being notified that such a strike had been put on his account.
Thomas claims the video that was flagged in no way violates the standards of copyright law:
“During this livestream, I gave everyone a run through of the new updates from the game’s website. I also gave my thoughts and opinions. Some people would ask me that are not familiar with my channel if what I was showing is new gameplay footage or not and I would clarify to everybody, verbally, that what I was showing is of the old gameplay footage. I am FIRMLY against others violating street date and uploading gameplay prior to release without express written permission.”
Because of the strike on his account, Thomas would no longer be able to livestream footage, which would have a major impact on any future planned livestreaming that would benefit charity.
“Due to this strike I am now unable to livestream on YouTube, which hinders everything I’ve planned for the Make-A-Wish foundation fundraiser. If this is not corrected I will be forced to resort to using Twitch, however I do not have a fanbase and have never livestreamed on this platform so there is a high chance that the funds that could have been raised for the charity will greatly suffer.”
Thankfully, Thomas and other YouTubers who were hit with similar strikes to their accounts have since reported that Sony has been in contact with them and that the strikes have subsequently been removed. So while it seems that no permanent harm has been done to No Man’s Sky or its fans, it is one more chapter in the somewhat troubled history between No Man’s Sky and its customers.
Such as the incident a few months ago when the head developer of Hello Games, Sean Murray, was bombarded with death threats over the announcement that No Man’s Sky release would be delayed. Also, news that the game’s ultimate goal of reaching the center of the galaxy was attainable in 30 hours has disappointed many players who expected the playtime to take much longer. The day one patch of the No Man’s Sky will reportedly address the short playtime among other things, so Hello Games will have to hope that fans are happy with the game when it releases tomorrow.
No Man’s Sky will be available on August 9th for PS4 and August 12th for PC.