Posted Tue, Jan 21, 2014 by Martuk
As YouTube continues to butcher its lineup of user-created content with a heavy-handed automated copyright claim system, En Masse Entertainment joins the growing list of developers that have offered their stance on making content using TERA and monetizing it through advertisements.
The short version – En Masse Entertainment is ok with players creating content and running ads such as those on Twitch and YouTube provided that some guidelines are adhered to. This includes not charging for access to said content through one-time or recurring fees and ensuring that you post and acknowledge relevant trademark information. And, of course, no posting to hacks, exploits, or other types of nefarious advertisements in the work.
"All player-created content must be available for free to the public. You may not charge any one-time or recurring fees, or require any action from others (such as giving their information or downloading anything that is not the content itself). Advertisements or other revenues that do not prevent the public from accessing the player-created content such as YouTube and TwitchTV are permissible. However, the spirit of non-commercial and not-for-profit use of TERA and/or En Masse Entertainment must be observed, as determined by En Masse Entertainment."
That’s the short version but there are more little details that you should read for yourself to ensure that you’re in the clear before posting any new content. And all of this is at the whim of En Masse, which, as the ending disclaimer notes, reserves the right to pull the plug at their discretion or take the user-created content and use it themselves without consent and for any purpose.
“En Masse Entertainment does not endorse or give license to any player-created content. En Masse Entertainment may highlight, feature, modify, or use any or all parts of the player-created content without the creator’s consent in any way, for any purposes we see fit.
En Masse Entertainment also reserves the right to monitor and revoke any and all use of En Masse Entertainment’s intellectual property at any time and for any or no reason, at its sole discretion.”
So not quite as cut and dry as Trion Worlds and just enough legal jargon to make your eyes gloss over. Despite that, this is pretty much the norm of what’s been around for years, and if they do take something it will probably just be to get featured in a community highlight. So rest easy, you’re video content is likely safe.