Update: SidAlpha advanced said in commendations to an email Mauer beatific to Temmie Plays! adage that she had a annual of videos to booty bottomward that he was of the assessment that Mauer was aggravating to set up an aberration appeal for aback she’s taken up to court. SidAlpha told Heavy.com via email that although the aberration appeal was allotment of discussions he had on Twitter in the accomplished and that he does anguish about Mauer’s brainy well-being, he now does not anticipate she is accomplishing this for any anatomy of aberration plea.
Alex Mauer, the artisan abaft 2D ballista Starr Mazer: DSP as able-bodied as Charge for Speed: Undercover and added projects, has had a altercation with the developers of Starr Mazer: DSP and has afterwards issued absorb appraisal notices beneath the Digital Millennium Absorb Act on over 100 videos of YouTube and Twitch agreeable creators as able-bodied as issued afterlife threats and harassment.
Don Thacker of Imagos Films accomplishing business as Imagos Softworks, the developers of Starr Mazer: DSP, will be demography the affair to cloister afterwards the bearings acquired Imagos to lose credibility, developers, banking support, abeyant and absolute blur clients, and stress. Attorney & Counselor at Law Leonard French, Esq. accepted that he will be apery Thacker. French said that the ambition of the accusation is to “establish Imagos’ rights and the community’s rights to broadcast Starr Mazer and Starr Mazer: DSP content.”
While I apprehend to accommodate budgetary amercement adjoin Alex, it is accessory that we balance any funds from her.
Our adapted aftereffect is for Imagos and its ally to be able to resume abounding development on Starr Mazer and Starr Mazer: DSP, assert and restore the rights of the community, abbreviate any accident to Alex, and, if possible, abutment her in accepting whatever advice she may need.
You can appearance the antecedent complaint filed by French as able-bodied as the accounting acceding amid Mauer and Imagos here.
Because Imagos and Thacker are experiencing banking adversity due to the situation, they set up a GoFundMe folio to pay for the lawsuit.
French served Mauer the antecedent cloister summons, allurement her to acknowledge aural 21 days. She told YouTuber SidAlpha that she will be apery herself in the case. She afterwards acquaint on Twitter that she was activity to try and acquisition a lawyer.
French accepted that Mauer will be accepting some of the advice and absorption she needs.
YouTuber TotalBiscuit (aka John Bain) relayed French’s acceptance that Mauer was taken into aegis for an automatic brainy bloom appraisal (a 302 hold) for her and others’ assurance afterwards sending threats to channels and attempting to affair a affirmation through YouTube’s Acknowledged Abutment that TotalBiscuit’s video on her was actionable due to the declared aggravation she accustomed as a aftereffect of it. TotalBiscuit said that his video has no activation or alarm to activity for harassment.
After the 302 hold, she cut ties with her absolute ancestors because she believes they “sided with my opposition.”
Here’s aggregate you charge to know:
Thacker met Mauer several years ago at gaming assemblage PAX East afterwards allurement her to assignment on one of his films. They bound became accompany and they formed on several titles together.
According to the antecedent complaint filed by French, aback at atomic 2010 Mauer has formed on and off as an absolute architect for Thacker and Imagos and has consistently formed for them in a work-for-hire arrangement. This agency that while Mauer composed the music, the music would be the acreage of Imagos.
Since March of 2015, Mauer formed on the Starr Mazer authorization beneath a accounting acceding that was accomplished by Imagos and Thacker, which specifies that she works for them aural a work-for-hire arrangement.
In an advanced annual by Thacker, he explained that her advance on the music was apoplectic by medical issues and she larboard the aggregation in the average of aftermost year. Imagos paid for the assignment that they accustomed from her as able-bodied as paid “in adequate acceptance for assignment that was not received.”
Mauer afresh fabricated claims to outstanding pay, the “amount of which has fluctuated,” according to Imagos. Mauer’s affirmation has afflicted over time, from “not actuality paid for time formed to not actuality paid for the appropriate activity to the apriorism that there was a artifice to bamboozle her from the absolute alpha of the activity to a scattering of added versions of this narrative,” Imagos said.
Imagos approved to accomplish a accord with Mauer, alms aggregate accepted rights to the game’s soundtrack as able-bodied as an disinterestedness allotment of the game’s revenue. They say that an acceding was proposed, agreed to, but afresh attenuated by Alex.
Imagos paid about $40,000 to Mauer for her work, according to the contract.
Mauer started arising a beachcomber of DMCA-style takedowns on YouTube videos of Starr Mazer: DSP featuring her music as able-bodied as complete furnishings she claimed to own as well. This includes six videos fabricated by TemmieNeko (now accepted as Temmie Plays!). Her approach is still up and has a video of Starr Mazer: DPS agreeable Mauer to hit it with a DMCA strike. Assorted streamers on Twitch accept additionally been issued acting bans by Twitch acknowledgment to claims fabricated by Mauer.
If a YouTuber is hit with the affirmation on one of their videos, they can altercation it. Afresh either the affirmation is taken to cloister or, added likely, the bodies who issued the bang bankrupt the 14 day absolute on agitation adverse claims and the video is put aback up. Some videos are adequate via YouTUbe’s absorb aegis program. If a YouTuber receives three strikes, their approach is shut bottomward completely.
Mauer has taken bottomward 42 videos so far and is activity afterwards accession 30 for a absolute of 74 videos and 62 YouTubers affected, according to an email forwarded to SidAlpha beatific from Mauer to Temmie Plays! with Mauer’s annual of YouTUbe videos to booty down. That annual has aback afresh risen to over 100 videos according to a Beef appointment column from Mauer. That There are two YouTubers, MrSirXch and Rogue Justice, already accepting or are set to accept three or added strikes on their channels. Popular Twitch Streamer HyperRPG accustomed a 24-hour ban during E3 because of Mauer, causing a ample bulk of amercement due to absent ad acquirement and sponsorships. The cardinal of Twitch streamers afflicted has yet to be bent but bottomless letters say that it’s a the aforementioned bulk of YouTube channels affected.
She additionally took bottomward a video from Musical Anti Hero absolute his argument annual with her alike admitting it didn’t accommodate music or alike visuals from Starr Mazer: DSP. She took it bottomward because it independent an old photo of her from afore her gender alteration and aback the photo came from her camera she claimed to own it. She additionally said that she asked Musical Anti Hero to booty bottomward the photo and he said he would. She appear the video aback the photo was still up for over 12 hours.
SidAlpha on annual of the channels afflicted by Mauer’s takedowns asked her if she would be able to appear to a compromise. This was her response:
The actuality that TemmieNeko is administering her complaints to me instead of the developer is a problem. This seems to be the accepted acknowledgment of those who were hit with DMCA strikes. I did advance to some who complained to me that I would about-face their DMCA strikes if they were accommodating to alter their complaints to the developer/complaints about the developer. No one was accommodating to do so, and I no best appetite to activity anyone the achievability of accepting their DMCA strikes reversed. Thank you.
So as SidAlpha explains, Mauer has been arising these takedowns to force accessible burden on Imagos in adjustment to get them to pay her the money she accepted in adjustment for her to stop or about-face her actions. She believes, falsely, that because Imagos owes her money she owns the absorb to the music. The acumen bodies were accusatory to her was because she was the one that issued the takedowns, not Imagos.
SidAlpha additionally explained that already the afflicted YouTubers activity a acknowledged counterclaim, they would be able to book a borough accusation adjoin Mauer. This is because filing a counterfeit DMCA affirmation is advised canard and she would be approved in the accompaniment the Youtubers animate in. In addition, because the videos are transformative, they are adequate by the Fair Use Doctrine which renders the DMCA bang spurious. Also, she doesn’t own the music in the aboriginal abode because it was fabricated as allotment of a for-hire arrangement with Imagos. Imagos owns all agreeable accompanying to Starr Mazer and Starr Mazer: DSP.
“You had best achievement that you adjure and win this activity adjoin Imagos, because what you accept done is accessible the aperture advanced for YouTubers to be able to set a acknowledged antecedent aback it comes to these DMCA strikes,” SidAplha said.
SidAplha additionally offered advice to those afflicted by the DMCA strikes. Linsay, a adumbrative at Imagos, said that any channels afflicted can email her to accept a archetype of Mauer’s arrangement to aid in their counterclaims ([email protected]).
Linsay has been seeing a lot of abhorrence mail beatific to her by bodies assertive her to be Mauer. SidAlpha additionally accustomed an email from accession assertive him to be Mauer cogent him (her) to go annihilate herself and that she was admirable to be raped. SidAlpha said that the aggravation was absolutely unacceptable and does not disregard nor abutment the administration of these statements. He additionally asked those who feel that this is adequate behavior to unsubscribe from his YouTube and amusing media channels.
To act in such a appearance is to abandonment the moral aerial arena which, already done, can never be undone. Not to mention, it is absolutely abhorrent in every believable sense.
People like that are not acceptable in my approach or in my life. If I see you acting in such a way you will be blocked and I will do whatever I can to accomplish abiding your baneful behaviors and accomplishments do not become a accustomed accompaniment of things in my comments, my amusing media, or anywhere abroad I accept any anatomy of influence.
Alex Mauer has been lashing out to bodies aggressive her as able-bodied as added YouTubers on the Beef forums. She has responded to the afterlife threats on the forums of Steam, blaming Temmie Plays! for allowance to abet them and adage that they are “literally ruining my livelihood, as in, whether or not I am alive.” Mauer deleted her comments but Temmie Plays! archived them beforehand.
Here are some samples of her responses:
I accomplished out to TB [TotalBiscuit] and that motherfucker didn’t accord two shits about me so fuck you Annabella. I am accepting afterlife threats and now Leonard French is apery Imagos. I was aggravating to appoint Leonard and he absitively to politically accept a applicant to added his own cause. The apple is a [unintelligible] abode breadth you can assignment crazily adamantine for your dreams and accession can abduct it from you. Afresh aback you alarm them out on it they still win anyway. So fuck you Annabella.
Fucking arena video amateur is NOT a job! If there was a way to DMCA bite you in the face through my computer awning I would. You and your fucking accompany do not accept the appropriate to column videos with my music! The DMCA arrangement exists so I can say no aback the awful fucking bodies like you are aggravating to [unintelligible] my music. Fuck you!
What makes anyone anticipate I capital accord or adequate will? I aloof apprehend for aloft audience to not acknowledge copies of paperwork absolute my acquaintance info, redacted SSN, and signature. For all I know, you awful fucking scumbags ability photoshop my signature from the certificate into added things to assurance me up for bits like acclaim cards or god knows what the fuck.Go ahead. I cartel you to fucking do that, and see how continued Don Thacker charcoal out of jail.
Oh, and if you could all stop aggressive my activity that would be good.For all I know, accession is activity to be continuing alfresco of my abode cat-and-mouse for me and absolutely do one of the things they’re adage like “hoping I die an excruciatingly aching death,” etc. I may as able-bodied go buy a gun for protection. Let’s see your doxxing fucking faces accommodated me alfresco of my abode with that bits now. I assumption that’s allotment of the job description for YouTube now? Afterlife threats and affair bodies alfresco their doxxed fucking houses?
Mauer afterwards beatific an email to SidAlpha adage that she wants to “literally kill” him. She additionally referred to him as a “cyber annoyer 100000 percent” and alleged him transphobic in advertence to how he appear on her demography bottomward Musical Anti Hero’s video absolute her old photograph.
You are transphobic. Seriously. You anticipate your fucking cis gender apple is all that exists. You anticipate I don’t own a photograph of myself? Afresh you’re a fucking robot. I appetite to annihilate myself but I accept to annihilate you first.
SidAlpha said that he approved out bodies to analysis on her and accomplish abiding that she was actuality looked out for and safe above-mentioned to accepting the email. He additionally said that he wasn’t activity to aback bottomward from accoutrement her and the bearings alike with the afterlife threat.
He got in acquaintance with the authorities and they said that there was no aboveboard blackmail as Mauer lives over 3,000 afar abroad from him acceptation that Mauer has no astute way of accustomed out her intentions. Because he is anxious that Mauer is acceptable a crisis to herself and others, he is all-encompassing out to authorities in Mauer’s bounded breadth to acquaint them of the situation.
When it’s all said and done, accident can be recovered from, blame can be forgotten, old grudges can alleviate over time and accomplish way for bigger things, but a activity is abnormally important. It is absolutely actually irreplaceable and already gone, it can never be recovered.
French has additionally been accepting afterlife threats from Mauer, who said that she was activity to breach his windows, bake his building, and more. She additionally said that there was a knife to her close but that wasn’t a suicide threat, it was “something else.”
TotalBiscuit is attempting to accelerate the DMCA takedowns with YouTube Gaming and is agreeable those afflicted by the bang to email him affidavit that their videos were taken bottomward ([email protected]).
Some of the strikes accept been reportedly accepting counterclaimed on their own after any activity from the YouTubers involved. SidAlpha believes that YouTube Gaming forth with aid from TotalBiscuit and Imagos Softworks are alive appear absolute the strikes.
TotalBiscuit relayed an amend from YouTube Gaming adage that the counterclaims issued accept been escalated by YouTube, which agency that agents are reviewing them for approval. He beatific them about 80 channels and are afterlight them with added advice as it comes. He additionally encouraged bodies afflicted to acknowledgment if they accept not done so already and that it will adequate booty best to dness now.
All of the DMCA takedowns, afterlife threats, and accepted aggravation by Mauer accept were set to cease at 9:30 PM EST, June 29. However, she is aggressive a additional beachcomber of DMCA strikes. She attempted to affair a DMCA appraisal of River City Ransom: Underground on Beef claiming that the d has her music, but it has been blocked by Valve. She afresh told the game’s developer, Conatus Creative Inc., that she will alpha arising DMCA takedowns to YouTube videos of the d if they don’t booty it off steam. She has already amorphous to booty bottomward videos, according to screenshots forwarded by her to SidAlpha. Conatus beneath to animadversion to SidAlpha as they are currently gluttonous acknowledged council.
Mauer was beatific an email from YouTube (which she forwarded to SidAlpha) in commendations to accession 10 videos beyond assorted channels, adage that some of the advice in her appraisal appeal may be counterfeit and that corruption of the appraisal activity could aftereffect in the abortion of her account. The videos are currently still alive according to SidAlpha.
She attempted to affair a absorb bang adjoin SidAlpha’s video above.
However, the video is still up.
Surprisingly enough, my video is still up. It’s about like I didn’t breach the law or something. Amazing.
— SidAlpha (@SidAlpha) July 10, 2017
Mauer beatific an email to Musical Anti Hero that she withdrew the claims.
Mauer responded afresh to SidAlpha adage that she’s not attempting to weaponize annihilation yet bidding her antipathy appear YouTubers.
It’s not an attack to weaponize anything. I don’t accept to accord anyone permission to accept any music be in their videos. I told bodies to acquaintance Imagos because Imagos is amenable for absolution a d that abandoned a copyright.
Also, I don’t anticipate that video recording yourself arena video amateur is a astute job. Creating video amateur is, and it is a absolute chancy business to be in.
In accession to Starr Mazer: DSP, she has additionally started sending DMCA takedowns to videos of Afterlife Road to Canada absolute her agreeable as able-bodied as videos absolute agreeable from the “Live Quacktion” bivouac of Duck Bold including the aboriginal trailer.
She additionally beatific a Cease and Desist letter to Turner Broadcasting, the ancestor aggregation that owns Adult Swim Amateur which publishes amateur including Duck Game. You can apprehend the letter beatific to SidAlpha as able-bodied as Turner Broadcasting below.
Mauer claims to convenance law as she said in a annual beatific to YouTuber Jupiter_Hadley whom she beatific a absorb bang to. However, SidAlpha begin no affirmation that she’s a registered bar affiliate in Pennsylvania, the accompaniment she lives in.
Mauer is additionally attempting to access affidavit from YouTubers, activity so far as the alarm them directly. SidAlpha advises bodies to not accord her the affidavit as Mauer is in a battle with Imagos and giving her your affidavit would accomplish you complex in a altercation you don’t accord in. He said to instead force her to go through official channels.
Mauer issued a DMCA appraisal appeal to Valve, banishment Starr Mazer: DSP off of Steam’s storefront. Imagos is removing Mauer’s music from the d and is replacing it with acting music while a new music accomplice Arcade Aerial composes a new soundtrack for both Starr Mazer: DSP and Starr Mazer.
Mauer awash the music she claims she owns on an anthology on her Bandcamp folio for $1,000. The anthology absolute the music additionally contains absolute suggesting admirers to avoid Starr Mazer: DSP.
Overdrive was originally activity to be the soundtrack for a video d alleged “Starr Mazer: DSP”. The developer of the game, Imagos Softworks, and publisher, AGM Playism, accept bootless to assurance a authorization acceding for permission to use this music and are currently application it in abuse of the copyright. Amuse do not abutment “Starr Mazer: DSP”.
If you accept already purchased a archetype of “Starr Mazer: DSP”, you may appetite to booty a angle adjoin absorb abuse by allurement the Beef abundance for a refund.
Valve, the buyer of the Beef store, has been notified and called to ancillary with the absorb violators.
She threatened to accept her admirers avoid the d to Imagos and their publisher, Playism, if her demands are not met.
Imagos beatific Bandcamp their all-encompassing log of abstracts agitation Mauer’s allegations as able-bodied as their registered absorb and DMCA affirmation and Bandcamp removed the album.
Mauer is aggravating to get the absorption of video d account outlets like Kotaku, Hardcore Gamer, Destructoid, and IGN. She additionally claims to be sending an email to Robert Khoo, the aloft admiral of website Penny Arcade, allurement if he can get her in blow with a “real absolute d journalist,” to advice her ancillary of the situation.
“You ‘nobodys’ [sic] actually are the alone ones who affliction about Starr Mazer: DSP or Imagos Softworks,” Mauer told SidAlpha via email. She additionally said that Imagos Softworks isn’t a registered company, which is apocryphal as their business authorization exists as begin by SidAlpha.
Imagos offered to absolution the rights of the music in barter for Mauer to absolution her claims. She has beneath the option.
Thacker said that the accomplished bearings has been a “personal nightmare.”
I accept been appealing abundant ended, emotionally, by this scenario. I accept that Alex, as well, is suffering. I accept made, and am wholly accommodating to uphold, abundant accurate attempts to dness this in a address that enriches Alex for her amazing assignment and maintains the bright alternation of rights accustomed in our able-bodied accurate alive experience.
Both SidAlpha and TotalBiscuit are anxious that Mauer ability be mentally ambiguous due to her accomplishments and emails. Here’s TotalBiscuit’s response:
As Alex Mauer continues to about column camp things and accelerate aberrant emails to bodies I am absolutely anxious that this is a austere cry for advice from somebody who may be in crisis of harming themselves. I can’t activity the abstraction that somebody would so about and agilely cocky destruct their career and believability after accomplishing so on purpose, out of some built-in problem. It excuses annihilation but ultimately the abundance of a actuality is and consistently should be the priority. If anybody knows her IRL, amuse try and accomplish contact, analysis on her. These posts of chastening that she fabricated aloof a few hours ago on the beef forums are so absolutely bizarre, the contradictions in them, the absolutely delusional attributes of what’s actuality said, I can’t helped but be afraid for this bodies safety. I aloof can’t rationalize the angle that somebody would accumulate adage these things after there actuality some astringent basal annual for it. Is that naive? Bigger to be anticipation aboveboard than absence a cry for advice from accession animal being. Her Despicable accomplishments are not in dispute, but I achievement somebody is able to accomplish abiding she is ok afore article absurd happens. I absolutely achievement I’m amiss about this.
Starr Mazer: DSP is still in alive development and is slated for a summer release. Starr Mazer is additionally in alive development.
As SidAlpha explains, DMCA, or the Digital Millennium Absorb Act of 1998, was accustomed to absorb owners a way to assure themselves from absorb contravention and was created to anticipate the upload of absolute movies and music advance on the internet. However, over the years it’s been abused by abounding bodies big and small.
Back in 2012, SEGA of Japan affected Youtubers to aish videos of Shining Force III or accident accepting the channels shut down. TotalBiscuit was hit by two of the claims and has alone afresh aerial his claimed avoid on accoutrement their games. Abounding added channels were shut down.
One of the best belled bodies to weaponize DMCA takedowns is video d developer Digital Homicide. In 2014, the developer mocked Bold Critic Jim Sterling over a YouTube video of him arena one of their amateur and afresh issued a DMCA-style absorb appraisal in a bid to abridge the video. The developer afresh filed a aspersion accusation in March 2016 allurement for $10 actor in amercement from Sterling. The case was aloft to $15 actor afore actuality absolved with ageism aftermost February.
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