Square Enix claims copyright for the killing video World First Dragonsong War Ultimate


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Just a week after Neverland claimed the world’s first kill of Final Fantasy XIV’s latest ultimate raid, the Dragonsong War, Square Enix has stepped in to remove the video of their performance from YouTube. The removal was brought to the attention of the wider public for the first time after a post Office on the official Final Fantasy XIV Twitter.

In the post, Square congratulated the race winners, but also used it to highlight their guidelines on third-party tools and mods. They then linked to a full post on the Final Fantasy XIV Lodestone website.

In a Reddit thread about the removal, users speculated on the reasons behind the removal. There are two theories, one that says it was removed for violating the Terms of Service (ToS) and others that believe it is related to the use of copyrighted music.

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Violating the Terms of Service would be related to the use of third party tools and user interface (UI) elements in Final Fantasy XIV. In the world’s first kill video, the point-of-view character uses plugins to modify the user interface. Another POV of the kill, by the party’s monk, escaped the distance. Since this PoV only showed a very minor UI change (an FPS counter in the top corner), this lack of distance made the UI change theory the most likely.

However, Square Enix has also been very diligent in the past when it came to asserting copyrights for its music on YouTube. But ultimately, with the post on Lodestone and the tweet, it seems clear what Square Enix’s message is: congratulations, but no third-party tools.

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