Square Enix: Monetizing Final Fantasy XIV Videos Not Allowed
Square Enix–the publisher and developer of Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn–has issued a blanket-wide ban on the monetization of videos and materials related to the game.
Square isn’t the only game publisher clamping down on the monetization of “Let’s Play” videos featuring their IP: back in May, Nintendo went as far as to enforce their own ads on YouTube videos featuring Nintendo franchises, creating an uproar in the Let’s Play community. It’s yet to be seen if Square plans to monetize user-created FFXIV videos for themselves, or what.
The official FFXIV terms and conditions comes with a license that applies to the following materials: “All art, text, logos, videos, screenshots, images, sounds, music and recordings from FFXIV.”
Specifically, the materials usage license offers specific terms and conditions for videos, which reads as follows:
- The video must not require a paid membership for viewing;
- You may not monetize your video via the YouTube partner program or any similar programs on other video sharing sites.
- You may not split our videos (vocal, music, visual, etc.) and distribute components as separate assets;
- You may not combine or synchronize the Materials with third party content (e.g., a mash-up), but you may include the Materials alongside third party content (e.g., before or after in the same video) as long as you also have permission from the original copyright owner);
- The video must not contain racist, sexist, homophobic or generally offensive content of any kind. This includes graphic violence or sexually explicit content.
We’ve reached out to Square Enix to find out whether the terms and conditions apply only to pre-recorded videos (e.g. YouTube) or whether the license is also applicable to livestreams on Twitch.tv and other livestreaming services with channel monetization.