UPDATE: Ubisoft Responds to DSP, says “We didn’t do it!”
Here’s a strange turn of events in the DarkSydePhil – Splinter Cell: Conviction saga. While waiting for a response from Youtube regarding the copyright claims against him, Ubisoft went ahead and released an official statement regarding DarkSydePhil’s channel and their ‘issue’ with his videos. Turns out…they don’t have one!
In a post by UK forum manager MR_SHADE:
‘Over the last few days, there have been articles stating that Ubisoft closed down the YouTube channel DarksydePhil via a third takedown notice for copyright infringement.
To clarify the situation, contrary to what was previously indicated in the message displayed when trying to access the video concerned at http://youtube.com/watch?v=mysgLYyiHic , Ubisoft did not send a Takedown notice for Copyright Infringement concerning the channel DarksydePhil,
To avoid confusion, the message has now been updated, as Ubisoft is not at the origin of the takedown notice.
The takedown notice concerned a video for Splinter Cell Conviction, which lead viewers to believe that the takedown initiative was connected to Ubisoft, while in fact the notice was initiated by a third-party user with no affiliation to Ubisoft.’
Despite this new info, Phil is not out of the woods yet. As of writing this neither his videos, nor his channel, have been reinstated on Youtube. Also, Phil has not been able to contact someone at Youtube directly and let them know the claim against him is, in fact, false. Stranger still, when he checks one of his old videos now the page reads: “This video is no longer available due to a Copyright Claim by Steve Jones.”
That’s right. “Steve Jones.” Who is “Steve Jones” you ask? Well, Phil asked the same question!
From all appearances, it seems this “Joe Nobody”, as Phil put it, filled out a claim application under the (assumed fake) name Steve Jones and claimed to be an employee of Ubisoft in order to make everything sound official. In response, and most likely to avoid legal repercussions, Youtube followed it’s protocol of three strikes “you’re outta there, bub” and pulled down Phil’s channel.
So what does all of this mean for Phil? Until Youtube sorts out this mess, probably not much. As I mentioned before, Youtube and Phil have not been talking directly regarding this issue. Furthermore, Youtube doesn’t seem in any rush to fix the problem (read: the “Steve Dave” affair). As such, Phil’s page could come back tomorrow, two weeks from now, or, if it’s been permanently removed, never. For now, Phil, and we are forced to return to the status quo: the waiting game.
Recap: DSP’s youtube channel was taken down about a week ago after a copyright claim was issued by Ubisoft regarding his video playthroughs of the Ubisoft game Splinter Cell Conviction