A bizarre situation recently unfolded on YouTube involving a DMCA takedown request of a video uploaded by content creator Chris Hodgkinson who had criticised a game by developer Richard La Ruina.
Hodgkinson is better known by his YouTube name IAmPattyJack. His most popular series is “This is the Worst Game Ever” where he plays ‘bad’ games and provides commentary.
One of his most recent videos was about the game Super Seducer, a controversial game that teaches men how to pick up women.
According to Polygon, developer La Ruina didn’t take kindly to this and Hodgkinson claimed the developer criticised his idea that people “should be themselves when they’re talking to women, which I think is probably the right thing to do”.
“He left a comment on my video when it had 150 views, which I thought was weird,” said Hodgkinson.
Following an exchange of views on Twitter and the apparent threat of a DMCA takedown request, Hodgkinson’s video was removed from YouTube for copyright infringement and his channel was hit with a YouTube strike. If a channel gets three strikes, YouTube will remove it from the platform.
Strangely, La Ruina emailed Hodgkinson two days later apologising for issuing a DMCA takedown request, before he was even informed by YouTube about the strike against him. La Ruina sent Hodgkinson $50 through PayPal to cover any losses from the video being down.
After a day of silence Richard sent $50 to my PayPal link out of nowhere trying to cover damages. As stated before, I really don't want your money. pic.twitter.com/vXpXXG8DyT— IAmPattyJack (@IAmPattyJack) February 26, 2018
Hodgkinson rejected the offer. La Ruina then went on to claim that someone within his company had made the takedown request, something it was looking to retract.
The situation has now been cleared up with YouTube and Hodgkinson’s video is live once again.
Feels good, fam. pic.twitter.com/5gpGkea0xB— IAmPattyJack (@IAmPattyJack) March 1, 2018