Valve defies YouTube copyright cull

Users are free to upload in-game footage from Valve titles, company stipulates

Valve has updated its user video policies in reponse to Google's mass cull of potentially copyright infringing user videos.

Following reports this week that YouTube is removing video game related content on the grounds of copyright infringement, Valve has updated its policies to protect users sharing content from their own titles.


"You are free to monetize your videos via the YouTube partner program and similar programs on other video sharing sites," the post reads.

"Use of our content in videos must be non-commercial. By that we mean you can't charge users to view or access your videos. You also can't sell or license your videos to others for a payment of any kind."

The company also specifies that while in-game footage is acceptable, users should not distribute in-game assetts such as music and voice work seperately.

Valve is not the only company to respond to the tightening of YouTube's policies: both Capcom and Blizzard have also moved to assure users they are not responsible for the recent removal of game channel content.

This follows reports that many video game related YouTube channels are being culled due to new Google technology which auto-detects content at risk of copyright infringement.

Since then, YouTube has invited gaming channel holders to dispute "invalid" Content ID claims.