Writer and filmmaker Kevin Smith isn't a fan of YouTube's recent actions where numerous video game-related channels on the service were hit with copyright violation claims.
Smith talked to George about it when he was in the red chair to discuss the forthcoming season of his show Spoilers.
"On YouTube they're starting to cull all these video-game clips," said Smith. "And I know people who built careers on taking footage and running commentary under it or reviewing it and stuff. So now YouTube's gone 'You don't have the rights to do this.' And they're starting to pull back on the freedoms of expression people have been enjoying on YouTube for awhile.
"But now you've got video-game companies jumping into the fray on behalf of the kids, going, 'Let 'em run these clips. And if anybody tells you to take these clips down, tell us and we'll tell 'em it's fine and they'll put it right back up.'
"Number one, it's probably good for business for them. But number two, they're also just like, 'Let 'em have their fun. These kids, they're not hurting anyone with just clips of video games.' So I'm more concerned about that. Don't stamp down someone's creativity. Even if it's someone else's creativity with something else, other people's material. Because you make found art out of art that you find."
Kevin Smith's interview on George Stroumboulopoulos Tonight airs Thursday, December 19.
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