Copyright Question for Activision Call of Duty?

November 17, 2010 in Black Ops, Glitch, NEWS, Zombies

(Specifically Activision Publishing, Inc. & Activision Games Inc)

I posted a video to and the next day I received an email from that stated:


We have disabled the following material as a result of a third-party notification from Activision Games Inc claiming that this material is infringing:

COD7 Black Ops Zombie Turret Glitch “

Looking on my Youtube account it stated this:

“Your video, COD7 Black Ops Zombie Turret Glitch , may include content that is owned or administered by these entities:

* Entity: Activision Publishing, Inc. Content Type: Audiovisual content
* Entity: Activision Games Inc Content Type: Visual content”

My Question:

Is ANY content recorded by Activision’s games (Specifically Call of Duty Black Ops, or any Call of Duty) and then uploaded to Youtube considered an Infringement of Activision’s Copyright???
CODBUNKER certainly does not want to violate any laws let alone a copyright by Activision; however, I have noticed over the YEARS that there are MILLIONS of videos on Youtube with recorded content from all of the Call of Duty Titles. It would seem that this practice is acceptable by Activision, if not even advocated, as it helps PROMOTE the Titles. I would also suggest that 90% or more are uploaded to Youtube for criticism, comment, news reporting, personal use, etc…….. I also note that Activision even promoted the new “Theater Mode” of COD7 Black Ops and how you can record, share, and even upload to Youtube via your website via Theater Mode Beta by linking your Youtube account.

Given the above it would seem that Activision STRONGLY advocates this practice of uploading Call of Duty Gameplay to Youtube, after all it is another form of promoting your game :D

Here is where I think there seems to be a fuzzy area:
The 2 minutes and 15 seconds of video in question (listed above) that I uploaded was PURE “Regular” gameplay of Kino der Toten Zombies on COD Black Ops. There was no software alteration, no manipulating the video, etc…..JUST straight gameplay recorded LIVE from your UNALTERED COD Black Ops game; however, it did show that there was “glitch” (as the term has been come to be called) I do not know if it was intentionally programmed in or not by Treyarch. What I was doing was news reporting of this “anomaly” to receive comment or criticism and discussion of the recording. Was this removed due to the fact that it displayed a “Glitch” in the unaltered program of the game. If so is it Activision’s desire to suppress news reporting of such instances by citing a Copyright Infringement???? Or is it that Activision just randomly selects content on Youtube that has recordings of Call of Duty to cite Copyright Infringement ???

CODBUNKER requests to know where the lines are drawn on these issues since we do not want to infringe on a company that we have the HIGHEST regards for (we’ve even been call “Activision Lover” in some comments); however, we also want to report to the COD Community on News/Info regarding all Call of Duty Titles. So should the masses of COD fans “unlink” their Youtube account from and not upload any more videos with recordings of Call of Duty gameplay??? Or does Activision wish only to suppress any video that may show an “imperfection” in the game. Could you please provide us with what your definition of “Fair Use” is??? My understanding is listed below.

Short form of my question: Can we upload Call of Duty videos to Youtube, or not??


“Copyright Disclaimer Under Section 107 of the Copyright Act 1976, allowance is made for “fair use” for purposes such as criticism, comment, news reporting, teaching, scholarship, and research. Fair use is a use permitted by copyright statute that might otherwise be infringing. Non-profit, educational or personal use tips the balance in favor of fair use.”


3 responses to Copyright Question for Activision Call of Duty?

  1. This certainly seems like fair use. Activision is trying to censor you from showing flaws in its game.

  2. Yes, it seems they don’t want their “glitches” to be shown

  3. They are happy to know about glitches so they can fix it but they don’t want glitches exposed like on youtube because people really do abuse exposer to glitches. They search for glitches and this video would show up and then they go do it in game and meanwhile the game makers have to go through all this work to find the incorrect coding and fix it and most of the time add more coding so that involves, writing the code, testing the code, initiating the code, etc. it could take them a few weeks or a months and that’s a lot of time for a glitch to be exposed and probably used… :/ I don’t like cheaters.. You’re only cheating yourselves. Never expose glitches or cheating and upload it.

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