On the Ask Capcom forums over at Capcom-Unity, Corporate Officer/Senior Vice-President Christian Svensson responded to concerns about the anti-streaming bill talked about in UltraDavid’s “Tolling the Stream” article. Overall, he thinks that there isn’t much cause for concern, even if the bill should pass.
[tip from Liana C]
The reality is, historically we have been helped by these activities (e.g. Evo streaming) and on some occasions we have been hurt by these things (MvC3 Galactus and other video leaks, AE video leaks, etc.).
There is no question there is an ownership and copywrite issue in these cases, though I’m not terribly sure legal action is in our best interests in most cases unless we have to do so to demonstrate continued protection of the IP ownership.
That said, if this legislation comes to pass I’m sure we’ll figure out ways to support folks whose efforts and intentions have historically been helpful. Our community team will likely take center stage in facilitating those activities.
And as you know, we’ve got games releasing soon that enable Youtube uploads directly from in-game… in the future I hope to have games that out of the gate enable streaming. Obviously we’ll have click through licenses to allow for those uses as facilitated by those products.
What’s more, I don’t believe the government is likely to take proactive action on criminal merits without the prompting of an IP holder to initiate the probe. They just don’t have the budget or bandwidth to police that.
In short, I don’t forsee this being a major issue for most organizations today.