jdreyer wrote on Jan 30, 2015, 14:05:
Is there another analog similar to this? Say, I go to a football game, record it, and put my own commentary on it? Should the teams involved also get a cut of that? I'm trying to wrap my brain around if or how much the game maker "owns" a Let's Play.
I'm pretty sure if you go to a pro or college game with a video camera and try to do your own broadcast you are going to get shut down.
If you watch a movie and talk over it with your own humorous commentary you'll get a nastygram from the MPAA.
If you have a restaurant and you play music in it the recording association wants you to pay a special license for that.
Just look at the hissy fit the author's guild threw when Amazon made Kindles that had speech synthesis to "read" the novels. The author's guild wanted a cut because they said that hurt their sales of books on CD.
Let's Plays are now big enough that publishers are thinking about getting a slice of the pie. You can bet the big $ game publishing industry is watching to see what the reaction is from fans.
If the big audience Let's Players are smart they'll band together and dump Nintendo titles to the floor before this ever gets a foothold.