Stop me if you’ve heard this story before… A YouTube channel that featured music, covers or remixes of classic songs from popular Nintendo games has been forced to remove content after being contacted by the army of lawyers from Nintendo. Well, it happens again. A new channel now claims to be the latest victim of Nintendo’s ongoing war against some of its most dedicated and passionate fans.
As first reported by NintendoLife, the newest member of the club is SynaMax, a YouTube channel dedicated to music. The user behind the channel, who states in the channel’s bio that he’s been making music since 2004, previously uploaded high-quality recreations and covers of some Metroid Prime Songs. However, this seems to have caught the attention of Nintendo and its legal team.
In a video uploaded yesterday, the channel’s creator claimed he was contacted by Nintendo’s lawyers on May 31 and told to remove nine videos featuring Metroid Prime musical covers or remixes.
“I’m really disappointed with Nintendo that they’re forcing me to take these videos down because they want compulsory licensing,” SynaMax said in the new video.
They further explained that although these videos are now gone for good; his research videos on Metroid PrimeThe soundtrack and other similar videos of are safe because they do not contain copyrighted music. Furthermore, they are unable to create any other covers or remixes of Metroid Prime or other Nintendo game music, unless they acquire a “compulsory” license from the company.
Kotaku contacted Nintendo and SynaMax about the deleted videos.
SynaMax acknowledged that these songs are owned and copyrighted by Nintendo and that the publisher has “the legal right to remove this content”.
However, they questioned why the company was getting aggressive instead of just demonetizing relevant videos and letting fans continue to produce and share Nintendo-inspired creations. SynaMax said it wouldn’t mind losing that revenue; they just want to share their songs with other fans. SynaMax, his frustration evident, concluded that they were done making Nintendo-related content “a very long time ago”.
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We have seen this same scenario play out again and again over the past few years. Nintendo fans work hard to create exciting new game-related content, or to provide other fans with easy ways to listen to Nintendo music that the publisher does not make accessible, and the “Big N” responds sending legal threats to some of them. his most passionate and devoted fans.
Earlier this month, Nintendo sent over 500 copyright complaints to a channel, forcing the creator behind that YouTube channel to remove all Nintendo-related music. In the process, many songs they had uploaded to YouTube became much harder to listen to, which is a real boon for avid fans who just want to relive a bit of their childhood or celebrate a game they love. particularly.
Of course, Nintendo has every legal right to do so. But the thing is, nowadays, many other game companies are working with fans and creators to allow them to create cool stuff in a legally safe way. Many publishers even offer interested players legal and easily accessible ways to read their catalogs. As we said before, Nintendo doesn’t have to do this. And yet it continues to do so, making it increasingly difficult to celebrate and enjoy the publisher’s long history and its beloved franchises.