Shining Force III is a pretty rare SEGA Saturn game. Hell, you might not even know that it came in three parts, with only the first localised and released in the West. Now a bunch of fan-translated videos are being removed from YouTube due to a string of copyright infringement claims.
It's not entirely clear who is behind it all. While all signs point to SEGA (obviously), affected YouTube user MarauderEx believes that it could be someone pretending to act on behalf of the company. When his videos were removed for alleged copyright infringement, he contacted SEGA and got this response:
"Hello. We never give explicit permission to use our intellectual property. However, in cases like this we tend not to take action unless we or our products are slandered in the derivative works. Best Regards, SEGA Customer Support." With no slanderous content in his videos, MarauderEx is suspicious that the copyright claims could be the work of an impostor.
Another YouTube user, TotalBiscuit, was also affected by the claims, brandishing them "weird" and "out of the blue." While not naming any names, the videomaker revealed that the claimant was someone with a "legit" SEGA email address and had appeared in "some" game credits in a Special Thanks capacity. He clarified that such titles did not include any of the Shining Force III
SEGA has had a history of putting the kibosh on fan projects shortly before the official re-release of older games, but given the difficulty in remaking or even emulating Saturn titles it appears unlikely that the company would be protecting its interests in this manner. It's either a big misunderstanding, or there's a rogue troll floating around.
We'll let you know if SEGA provides comment on the situation.