Electronic Frontier Foundation recently Tweeted on the RockStar Games Cheater Raids pushing copyright law, Reddit user Sn34kyMofo reports that YouTube is now flexing their Google-owned muscle terminating video game hacking channels.
This comes after new exemptions were announced from the Feds giving consumers the right to hacking DRM when legally repairing electronic devices they own.
Hopefully this Circumvention of Technologies complaint won't affect any of the YouTube Channels by members, but feel free to use this discussion topic to voice your thoughts on the matter and suggest alternatives to YouTube for sharing videos online.
To quote from Sn34kyMofo on Reddit: "This morning, YouTube terminated my channel, as well as Guided Hacking and CheatTheGame's channels. I've appealed the termination, but because this appears to be a concerted effort, I'm not holding my breath that I will be able to reclaim the channel.
The reason for termination was cited as the following:
We'd like to inform you that we've received a Circumvention of Technologies complaint regarding your YouTube account Stephen Chapman. Upon review, we've determined that activity in your account violates YouTube's Terms of Service (https://www.youtube.com/t/terms). As a result, we've terminated your account. If you would like to appeal the suspension, please submit this form.
CTM (Circumvention of Technological Measures) complaints are apparently the immediate death of any reverse engineering or hacking channel YouTube or any complaining entity sees fit to target. Check out the following verbiage from the page linked above:
When we say circumvention of technological measures, we’re referring to tools that allow users to evade a software’s licensing protocol. This can mean serial numbers, keygens, passwords, and other methods to hack software or games.
A CTM claim is appropriate when the infringed material isn’t present in the video (or directly linked to), but the video offers a way for users to access it illegitimately.
Basically, a debugger attached to any application for any reason at all is cause enough for an actionable CTM claim. With that wording above, a company like Microsoft could technically target a video that shows people how to use x64dbg to invert the font/background color in Notepad. Why? Because even though the video wasn't demonstrating how to crack Windows, x64dbg can be used as a tool to do such work, and Notepad is a part of Windows, ergo CTM complaint.
I know that's a seemingly far fetched example, but all of you here know the vast difference between teaching someone how to create infinite health hacks in single-player games vs., say, teaching someone how to create hacks in GTA Online or Fortnite.
In my 5 years on YouTube, I was extremely cautious to never come close to crossing the line between single-player and multiplayer functionality. For instance, if I hooked a function that I identified as also being used for multiplayer functionality, I wouldn't do a video on that particular facet of a game (or even the game at all in some cases).
Anyway, this is just a word of warning to anyone who runs, or has considered running, a game-hacking channel on YouTube. No matter where you fall in the spectrum of white hat to black hat, it seems you stand to be whimsically terminated."