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Bungie on why creators received DMCA strikes this week

This week Destiny 2 content creators were shocked to be on the receiving end of numerous Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) strikes on YouTube that at first seemed to come from Bungie itself.

Thankfully, Bungie was quick to respond and stated that it was not involved in these copyright strikes and that it’s own content had also been flagged.

“We’re aware of a series of copyright takedowns on YouTube and we’re actively investigating. This includes content on our own Bungie channels. These actions are NOT being taken at the request of Bungie or our partners,” the developer said in a tweet.

So what happened here?

Bungie makes use of a firm known as CSC which, among other things, protects brands online. It appears as if a bad-actor impersonated CSC by creating a look-a-like email alias which was then used to issue copyright takedowns. Bungie says that neither it nor CSC was behind these takedowns and that it reviews and authorises CSC’s actions before they are executed.

“This attack occurred after, and possibly in response to, a recent set of authentic takedowns of OST uploads,” the developer added.

As a result of these actions the accounts that submitted fraudulent legal requests to YouTube have been banned and will no longer be able to access Google products. The developer is also working with YouTube to correct the DMCA notices that were sent to content creators and channels that were improperly flagged should see those flags go away in due course.

On the back of this there is some good news for content creators who are focused on archival projects, particularly as regards music.

Until now Bungie has kept a firm grip on the original music it creates and rightly so. The trouble is that with content vaulting and the like, some music goes away because it was tied to a particular strike or destination. So, moving forward Bungie will allow uploads of music that it hasn’t made public before so long as uploaders keep the below in mind.

“Going forward we will be allowing certain Destiny music tracks to be uploaded to channels for archival purposes. For those creators interested in this type of content creation, the guidelines below should be reviewed:
  • It can’t be an OST song that Bungie has already released or posted elsewhere publicly.
  • The content cannot be monetized.
  • The creator needs to obtain permission from Bungie by contacting this email: licensing@bungie.com.

That last point about licensing is particularly important, especially if you don’t want to find yourself on the receiving end of a DMCA takedown request.

Here’s hoping the only strikes content creators see going forward are those in the Vanguard Ops playlist.

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