YouTube has changed their partnership program requirements leaving a lot of small YouTubers out in the cold
The waifu and I were looking for something to watch last night and I stumbled upon the Tom Clancy’s The Division : Agent Origins movie. I expected it to be pretty cheesy, which it definitely was in some parts, primarily the cheese pizza part!
The movie sets up what each of the four main agents were doing when they were activated for duty. That is pretty cool to see before getting deep into gameplay. Honestly I liked it enough to say this is how video game movies need to be made in the future. It correlates to the game, looks just like the game when the agents are using their special embedded eye software to view maps of the city. It is really bad ass!
Official summary of the short film Tom Clancy’s the Division: Agent Origins
“A devastating pandemic sweeps through New York City on Black Friday, and one by one, basic services fail. Within weeks, society collapses into chaos, and the government activates The Division, a classified unit of self-supporting agents. Leading seemingly ordinary lives among us, Division agents are trained to operate independently of command when all else fails. In Tom Clancy’s The DivisionTM: Agent Origins, four newly activated agents must serve as civilization’s last line of defense after a man-made virus devastates New York City. Based on the video game by Ubisoft®, this action-packed film introduces the world of The Division to fans of Tom Clancy movies.”
Here are the details about the Tom Clancy Division film.
- It’s just under 30 mins. I didn’t know that when I fired it up and was disappointed when it ended. That feeling of disappointment for it ending was a good thing because now I want to play The Division even more!
- The production quality is very high. Like extremely high. It felt like a high budget Hollywood film. The scenes were great, and the main actors weren’t duds.
- The cast and crew can be found here: imdb
If you do not have Amazon Prime, the only other option I could find is to watch it in a low fps buy hd quality in this embedded YouTube below.
The Fine Bros have created React World which will allow content creators to make reaction videos under the Fine Bros license. But this might be a slippery slope.
The Fine Bros are creators of a type of video known as reaction videos. Their most popular series being “Children React” and “Elders React.” The concept is simple; show someone something and then record their reaction, then post it on the internet for everybody to see. Children react to things like the original Nintendo and cassette players, and Old People react to things like Nikki Minaj and Skrillex. The generation gap is condensed into 5-10 minute videos which get seen millions of times by people all over the world.
Fine Bros Entertainment have taken this success to a new level by creating “React World” which is a platform that other users can submit their videos under the Fine Bros network and share revenue with them. This is good for small creators looking to monetize their talent without getting lost in the sea of other reaction videos out there. This is the same concept as someone having a storefront on Amazon; simply apply to open a store and sell your wares on Amazon. There are no upfront fees, you make your video, upload it under Fine Bros channel and when the money comes in, Fine Bros takes a bit off the top for riding their coat tails.
While creating a platform for everyone to get a piece of the internet fame is a smart business strategy, the announcement video didn’t stop there. With Fine Bros trademarking Reaction videos, other YouTubers not under the Fine Bros umbrella are now seeing their content taken down and some will inevitably be met with legal action. Their words from the video: if you’re making a reaction video and you’re not using the Fine Bros license, you’re stealing content and that’s not cool. Well, it seems that the internet wasn’t too keen to that idea and the backlash has been immense. Since the announcement, Fine Bros has seen a decrease in subscribers by about 200 thousand. Other internet personalities like Boogie have also thrown their “reactions” into the mix as well. Even the popular Video Game Attorney threw his hat into the ring offering his services to anybody affected by the announcement
If you make YouTube videos or stream, I will be offering pro bono services to oppose the REACT trademark by Fine Bros. Please DM me.
— Video Game Attorney (@MrRyanMorrison) January 29, 2016
Simply put: Fine Bros is trying to reign in the Wild West that is the internet to be the de facto source for anything reaction related and squash anybody else who attempts to do something in the same format. While it makes sense for Fine Bros to protect their IP from people who might make reaction videos in the same format to fool the public into thinking they’re watching a Fine Bros video, they’re taking it a step over the line by sending take down notices to anybody who posts reaction videos regardless if they fit the “Kids/Teens/Elder” format or not.
Let’s be clear: Reaction videos are not a new concept birthed by the Fine Bros. Kids Say the Darndest Things was a TV show in the 1990s and before that a book published in 1947. Filming reactions of children for our entertainment is nothing new and Fine Bros trying to claim ownership of the idea is as dumb as Apple patenting “Slide to Unlock” and Sony trying to copyright “Let’s Play.” Fine Bros’ move further illustrates how out of date our copyright and trademarking laws are and why they need to be fixed. To further exacerbate the issue, Fine Bros gets all of their content via fair use laws that enable them to use other original content and then make money off of it. While their content and delivery is unique, the idea is not and that’s why going after someone who has the same idea as you is dangerous.
Time will tell if this idea actually sticks. Right now Fine Bros is standing firm on their decision to start going after content creators, but this is only the third day of the debacle. Money talks and if Fine Bros starts to lose sponsors, they might change their tune. For now React World is a reality that many reaction video creators have to deal with. If it sticks, this will change they dynamic of YouTube and you’ll only see more and more top content creators race to trademark their claim to fame to pull the ladder up with them so no one else can lay claim to the golden goose egg that is YouTube monetization.
UPDATE – Fine Bros released this statement at 10pm CST:
A message from the Fine Brothers
We’re here to apologize.
We realize we built a system that could easily be used for wrong. We are fixing that. The reality that trademarks like these could be used to theoretically give companies (including ours) the power to police and control online video is a valid concern, and though we can assert our intentions are pure, there’s no way to prove them.
We have decided to do the following:
1. Rescind all of our “React” trademarks and applications.*
2. Discontinue the React World program.
3. Release all past Content ID claims.**
The concerns people have about React World are understandable, and that people see a link between that and our past video takedowns, but those were mistakes from an earlier time. It makes perfect sense for people to distrust our motives here, but we are confident that our actions will speak louder than these words moving forward.
This has been a hard week. Our plan is to keep making great content with the help of our amazing staff. Thank you for your time and for hearing us out.
Benny and Rafi Fine
*This includes “React,” “Kids React,” “Elders React,” “Lyric Breakdown,” etc. Please note: It takes a while for the databases to update, but the necessary paperwork has been filed.
**Content ID is YouTube’s copyright system that automatically flags content that looks like or sounds like copyrighted content. This mostly flags videos that are direct re-uploads of our videos (which is what the system is built for), but if you know of a video that has been claimed or removed incorrectly, please email us with “false claim” in the subject line.
So there you have it – Fine Bros realized that this could potentially be a bad thing for the internet. They still didn’t admit any wrongdoing, but they did suspend any trademark applications using the “React” name and also suspended the React World Program. Time will tell if this has any lasting impact on their viewership. They still have over 13 million subscribers and I’m sure a lot of those don’t really care about this weekend’s debacle.
Jared Epicpower aka Lobsterwood has the innies and the outies at E3 of what you can expect from YouTube’s upcoming streaming service that will be rivaling Twitch TV and by the way things have been going during these live presentations, YouTube Gaming seems like a service to look forward to in the near future.
We knew it was just a matter of time. YouTube is creating YouTube Gaming to compete directly with Twitch.Tv. My first realization came from the YouTube job postings back in January 2015. Google was looking for engineers and product specialists for a YouTube gaming initiative. Now the product has been officially announced.
(Scroll down past the preorder image to get to the real meat and trailer, The rest was just me passing time by, by creating a random story, full of random, while the countdown reached scorching temps)
For the last 20 so hours we have waited, the god that stairs over us in laughter, the man with the shining light, the man with the face mask, he watches. He watches as he studies our every move, look at them Henry he says, look at them fighting each other for the cheese, they want it, they need it, not for survival, no my dear Henry, they need it to fuel there blood lust.
See my dear Henry, they have already gotten to the trailer the countdown timer reveals. “But couldn’t we have prevented th…” Of course my dear Henry, but what would be the fun of that, we must make them feel like they are getting somewhere, we must let there nerves rise above the bodies limit.
So when the time comes they break into riot, screaming out to the world, that the most supreme game in the universe is here, yes my dear Henry, we must feed them to the machine one by one, we must create the hype!
And once we acquire the hype we can create the baby, mutate them into mutant soldiers and sell them off along every edge of the universe and conquer the weapons market, you see, my dear Henry boy, we are not after the world, we are not after the stars, oh no, we are here to reach out to something far, far, far greater then a hunk of mass. We are here to claim POWER.
I have no idea where I was going with that, but anyways, mere minutes from the countdown timer, well 40 minutes left of the countdown timer and already we have had the box art for Bethesda’s Fallout 4, along with a few screen shots from it’s trailer leaked before hand. We even got our hands on the trailers Youtube link.
Now go on an Pre-Order your copies, I’m pretty sure you won’t be the first to check out that copy of Fallout 4 once the pre orders are live.
Best Buy is Live!
I doubt they meant anything by it, but Amazon has Fallout 4 listed as Generic Bethesda Title
Something I came across Twitter while waiting for the reveal
I just spent 33 glorious minutes watching this 1980-esque visual treat. The short film is an over the top action movie featuring VHS effects and a powerful heart thumping soundtrack! The movie was funded through a kickstarter campaign in 2014.
Kung Fury the official movie will not let you down if you like these radical things!
- Action and Kung Fu
- Cobra Spirit Animals on Jet Skis
- Laser Raptors
- Dinosaur Cops
- Barbarian Women
- Thor’s Muscles
- Killing Nazis
- Time Travel
- and COMPUTER HACKING
- AND DAVID HASSELHOFF SINGING THE THEME SONG!
KUNG FURY THE OFFICIAL MOVIE FULL FILM!
Check out these pics that are going to become the desktop image for every computer you own!