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7 hours ago, bhoris said:

I would have thought the onus would be on the youtubers etc. to disclose their content was a paid promotion.

It was part of their agreement that they couldn't mention that. There was actually a huge uproar about this when Shadow of Mordor was first released. There were a few reviewers who actually had some integrity, leaked the demands WB was making to reviewers, and got blocked from making videos about the game. But the majority were just cash-whores and lapped up what was being asked for without question.

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On 7/18/2016 at 11:36 AM, Doro said:

It was part of their agreement that they couldn't mention that. There was actually a huge uproar about this when Shadow of Mordor was first released. There were a few reviewers who actually had some integrity, leaked the demands WB was making to reviewers, and got blocked from making videos about the game. But the majority were just cash-whores and lapped up what was being asked for without question.

who blocked them from making videos?  youtube? On what grounds were they blocked?

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59 minutes ago, frodofraggins said:

who blocked them from making videos?  youtube? On what grounds were they blocked?

Copywrite all it takes is a cease & desist from WB to YT.  Even though you tube video's are from an uploaders own comp and (hopefully) a product they purchased.  video showing a game is still showing a companies intellectual property.  Most companies don't care as it's free advertising and promotion, but in some cases particuarely early/free/exclusive reviews they can throttle if they desire if the uploader doesn't adhere to the terms agreed upon.   A lot of yoututbe reviewers get advanced/early access to products but part and parcel to that is following what the man lays down.

 

EDIT it's also why no one really considers any game/video site as anything resembling journalistic as to survive you basically have to have your hand out all the time, and are completely beholden to the industry for any level of access.

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On 7/28/2016 at 0:06 PM, Bendin said:

Copywrite all it takes is a cease & desist from WB to YT.  Even though you tube video's are from an uploaders own comp and (hopefully) a product they purchased.  video showing a game is still showing a companies intellectual property.  Most companies don't care as it's free advertising and promotion, but in some cases particuarely early/free/exclusive reviews they can throttle if they desire if the uploader doesn't adhere to the terms agreed upon.   A lot of yoututbe reviewers get advanced/early access to products but part and parcel to that is following what the man lays down.

 

EDIT it's also why no one really considers any game/video site as anything resembling journalistic as to survive you basically have to have your hand out all the time, and are completely beholden to the industry for any level of access.

There's no copyright violation in simply revealing that they were paid to give good reviews.  They probably showed gameplay footage or something to flag the video.

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7 hours ago, frodofraggins said:

There's no copyright violation in simply revealing that they were paid to give good reviews.  They probably showed gameplay footage or something to flag the video.

It's NDA violation, or whatever it was they used as part of the contract to give a copy of the game.

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