This past Tuesday, The Quartering, Jeremy Hambly, published a video making light of VG 24/7’s deputy editor Kirk McKeand over his comments related to the political situation in the United Kingdom involving YouTuber Sargon of Akkad aka Carl Benjamin and his election campaign.


Because of the video, many within McKeand’s circle weren’t happy and decided the appropriate response to criticism was to abuse the copyright strike system employed by YouTube against The Quartering’s channel.

The Quartering documents that Eurogamer writer Paul Watson spoke with Kirk McKeand via Twitter about how they could strike back against Jeremy’s video:

During the conversation between McKeand and Watson, the two openly express their willingness to use the strike system against Jeremy. You can see that interaction below:

Jeremy commented on the pair’s conversation, highlighting the risks both face if they follow through with their threat. Hambly stated, “This won’t end well for you.”

The Quartering wasn’t the only one to warn Watson and McKeand about the consequences of colluding to copyright strike a YouTube channel. Trin Tong noted Watson was “acting a fool.”

McKeand appeared to back track after The Quartering noted it wouldn’t end well for him. He indicated he watched the video and actually stated “It’s also very funny.” It’s unclear if he’s referring to the video or the situation he created for himself.

Hambly would respond to Watson’s Tweet calling for people to copyright his YouTube channel indicating he was “breaking the law and trying to silence other content creators.”

Watson simply responded, “When senpai finally notices you.”

The situation took another turn when The Quartering reported he had just spoken to a reporter who asked him to “call off the dogs.” He noted this same reporter had called him “‘alt-right’ and transphobic.”

The threat of a YouTube copyright strike is very real, and we’ve seen these strikes actually happen.

One recent example is that of YouTuber Hero Hei. He received a strike from Anime News Network (ANN) over an old Vic Mignogna interview. ANN, as speculated by lawyer Nick Rekieta went after Hero Hei to both dox and damage the finances of the channel.

In another examples, Richard C. Meyer saw his YouTube channel was targeted by comic book professionals who had expressed contempt for him and his videos.

“Game journalists” have also recently shown their hand when discussing how they plan to cover certain projects. Chris Scullion recently threatened to provide negative coverage for the new Earthworm Jim game because he disagrees with Earthworm Jim creator Doug TenNapel’s views.

What do you make of these threats to copyright strike The Quartering?

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