Many content creators who have any sort of reach into Tekken 7 woke up to an unpleasant surprise Wednesday morning. They found that their recent uploads of the title had been removed from YouTube, based off of content claims from MTV India. One of the first public announcements was from Toronto Top Tiers’ NeoRussell, whose Monday Stun City weekly — which features Tekken, alongside Dragon Ball FighterZ and other games — was pulled in its entirety based off of the copyright claim.
— Planning NB/CEC/TOR7 (@NeoRussell) February 14, 2018
NeoRussell wasn’t alone, as Twitter began exploding with mentions of Tekken 7 alongside MTV India, with reports of blocked content.
Looks like MTV India is blocking Tekken videos and streams on YouTube.
— Wonkey (@Flying_Wonkey) February 14, 2018
@AvoidThePuddle Hey Aris-sama, I can't watch your "Aris Commentates Tekken 7 – NorCal StrongStyle 6 Pools" video, because of a fking copyright claim by MTV India? What tf happened, or is it just me here in Germany?
— Evren (@KappaParadise) February 14, 2018
As discovered, it appears as though the television network — which, obviously, is the MTV affiliate in India — recently hosted a tournament for the game, and as a way to protect their own content put a copyright claim that has a broad overreach into any content created from the game.
I looked it up and apparently @MTVIndia hosted a Tekken 7 tourney in India.
But I don't see how they can copyright claim people that stream tekken or make tekken related content.
This whole things seems pretty random to me…
— Tupie San (@TupieSan) February 14, 2018
It is unclear what will happen — but given the overreach of this claim, it’s obvious that at some point Bandai Namco will get involved. We will update this as we receive further word.
UPDATE: Reportedly, NeoRussell has already had some success contesting the block, and is urging other content creators to do so as well. Additionally:
We received word that some creators had their videos blocked inadvertently, but MTV India has since resolved the issue. Let me know if anyone else is still experiencing problems
— Michael Murray (@mykeryu) February 16, 2018