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Day One Garry’s Incident developer withdraws copyright claim on negative review

Tuesday, 22nd October 2013 03:24 GMT By Brenna Hillier

Day One Garry’s Incident developer Wild Games has apologised for issuing a DCMA takedown on a video review heavily criticising the indie survival effort.

In a statement published on Kotaku, Wild Games CEO Stephane Woods said it had failed to discuss monetisation of reviews before sending an evaluation copy of the game to TotalBiscuit, and filed a copyright takedown on those grounds.

“After the video was made unavailable, we have taken seriously the reaction from the community concerning freedom of expression. We strongly believe in the freedom of expression of people and medias and have removed our copyright claim,” the executive said.

“Wild Games Studio didn’t intend on preventing anyone from using their right to freedom of expression. For this reason, Wild Games Studio sincerely apologizes to TotalBiscuit and anyone who felt that their freedom of speech was denied.”

The “reaction” Woods referred to was a wave of criticism of the takedown notice, which was assumed to have been issued in response to TotalBiscuit’s damning critique of the game.

As Kotaku points out, the company does not seem to have issued takedowns on other, more complimentary videos which have also been monetised.

You can watch TotalBiscuit’s original video below, as well as his response to the takedown, which belw up on Reddit yesterday.

Thanks, Blue’s News.

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6 Comments

  1. DSB

    Stupid, stupid, stupid.

    Welcome to the internet Wild Games. Everybody’s watching what you do, so when you go harassing noisy and inexplicably pseudo-famous YouTube personalities, that’s an extremely effective way to make people not want to buy your game.

    Now, instead of stuff being written about your game, good and bad, you’re gonna be flooded with negative publicity. And no one cares that you’re sorry, because we’re all cunts, and you’re obviously only sorry you got caught and not sorry for what you did it and all that.

    #1 10 months ago
  2. Llewelyn_MT

    Please watch, share, and like the commentary video. Totalbiscuit is not only the most prominent PC game reviewer but he’s also a sensible guy trying to make a point. You might learn something about the atrocious YouTube policies and the abusive company, may it die a slow and painful death, as well as show Google what’s the viewers want. He’s already boycotting Sega because of the first strike he got.

    #2 10 months ago
  3. Blackened Halo

    Wild games have digged holes for their coffins forever! They can kiss the whole gaming industry goodbye. What a fucking bunch of idiots they are!

    #3 10 months ago
  4. Llewelyn_MT

    P.S. They even go add far as to lie in their apology, as Totalbiscuit shows he made it very clear what his business model is, not to mention it’s an industry standard.

    #4 10 months ago
  5. Ireland Michael

    @1 What this developer did goes well beyond a simple screw up. It manipulated its way through the Steam Greenlight process, actively silenced honest critique in an abusive manner (something I figured you of all people would be against), and released a completely broken mess of a game.

    If they had spent anywhere near as much effort on developing the game as they did shutting down negative criticism about it, they might have actually ended up with something half serviceable. As it currently stands, it’s Big Rig and Road to Hell all over again.

    #5 10 months ago
  6. DSB

    @5 Honestly I’m completely oblivious to who these guys are, or what they’ve done, because their game looked crap from the outset.

    But obviously, if you’re enough of a cartoon villain stereotype to try and use DMCA to silence critics, then it’s quite likely that your morals are thoroughly fucked, so that’s not surprising at all.

    And obviously, the fact that I can’t stand TotalBiscuit doesn’t mean that I want him silenced, he should be offered the exact same courtesy as any other critic.

    I just think it’s hilarious that you can actually be dumb enough to think that you could get away with that. I mean “Welcome to the internet – We eat guys like you for dah breakfast”.

    #6 10 months ago

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