Call of Duty publisher Activision is apparently issuing copyright strikes against YouTube videos that contain footage of game glitches or cheats.
YouTube videogames channel Machinima has reportedly alerted their partners to the strikes, warning that “your channel may be liable to receive a copyright strike so please be careful.”
Eurogamer have picked up on the email from Machinima, which noted that “Activision is being particularly vigilant about their Call of Duty videos lately; issuing strikes on videos showing glitches.”
But in a response from Activision regarding the matter, the strikes are being made to eliminate videos showing players how to cheat and exploit the game. “Occasionally, some folks post videos that promote cheating and unfair exploits. As always, we keep an eye out for these videos – our level of video claims hasn’t changed,” explained the publisher.
“We’re excited that so many fans are having fun playing the game and posting videos of their gameplay. We love watching the videos ourselves. We are appreciative of the community’s support in helping to ensure that everyone has the best playing experience possible.”
A copyright strike impacts a YouTube users ‘standing’, which required to be kept in tip-top shape for them to continue to make the most of YouTube’s platform. Having too many strikes can block access to various features, and three strikes will lead to the closure of your account. So if you’ve been producing some Advanced Warfare content for your YouTube channel recently, just be aware that Activision are on the prowl.