It's about time Telltale Releases an Official Youtube Monetization Statement.
In 2012, a "statement" was posted in this thread regarding monetization of Let's Plays: http://www.telltalegames.com/community/discussion/32026/youtube-permission/p2
Here is the "statement" that many reference today, and it is just a forum post from someone that, according to his flair, doesn't even work appear to work at Telltale anymore: "Hey guys, I want to make everyone aware that while we don't mind fan-made or Let's Play videos, we do not approve of monetizing copywritten material. Alan may not have fully understood exactly what was being asked, but I have asked this question of his and my superiors, and they have confirmed that we don't allow this."
That message was released over 2 years ago back when The Walking Dead Season 1 was just finishing up. Telltale was fortunate enough to receive support from what are now enormous Youtube personalities such as PewDiePie, UberHaxorNova, Cryaotic, TheRadBrad...just to name a few.
It has been proven that let's plays sell games in this day and age, and a solid argument could be made that the support from the LP community has immensely benefited Telltale games.
The thing with that support, is that those Youtubers, and hundreds of other let's players, put themselves at risk in an attempt to support a game that they believe is good for the gaming community. The reason why it is a risk is because of the automatic (and often inaccurate) Content ID flagging system that youtube has in place. It allows for bogus content claims and many youtubers have suffered false claims on games from Telltale games. These claims have come from companies such as IGN, MLG TV, Omnia Media, just to name a few.
Currently a youtuber has to either just allow that company to take claim on the video, and allow those companies to make money off of a video that the content creator made, or the content creator can appeal the claim. In order to appeal the claim, the content creator currently has to select the "Fair Use" option in Youtube's appeal system. Reason being that Telltale has not released a statement allowing monetization of lets plays on youtube.
A two year old forum post, from a former employee, should not be the way a company releases their statement, especially in light of the monetary benefit the LP community has brought to Telltale.
I ask that Telltale releases an official statement regarding their stance on Youtube Let's Play monetization. I'm not demanding that they allow it. I just know that many youtubers would greatly appreciate an official statement.
If Telltale were decide to announce that they still do not permit the monetization of let's plays, then the youtubers that rely on youtube monetization as their source of livelihood can know going forward not to release videos of games from Telltale. And if Telltale chooses to release a statement recognizing support for monetized let's play videos, then Telltale and the LP community can continue to build upon their symbiotic relationship and youtubers can breathe peacefully.
If there has already been a more up to date, and official statement from Telltale, someone please post it!
Considering how much the LP community on youtube has done for a company such as Telltale Games, the least Telltale could do for them is announce their stance, that way youtubers do not have to feel a sense of nervousness every time they support a Telltale game via YouTube.