Stop me if you’ve heard this story before… A YouTube channel that hosted music, covers or remixes of classic songs from popular Nintendo games was forced to remove the content after being contacted Army of Nintendo Lawyers. Well, it’s happening again. The new channel now claims to be the latest casualty of Nintendo’s ongoing war against some of its most devoted and passionate fans.
As first reported NintendoLifea new member of the SynaMax club, YouTube channel dedicated to music. A channel user who says in the channel biography that he has been making music since 2004 has 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.
AT video uploaded yesterdayThe creator of the channel said that on May 31, he was contacted by Nintendo lawyers and ordered to remove nine videos in which Metroid Prime musical covers or remixes.
“I’m very disappointed at Nintendo that they made me remove these videos because they need compulsory licenses,” SynaMax said in a new video.
They also explained that while those videos are now gone for good; his research videos about Metroid Primethe soundtrack and other similar videos are safe as they do not contain copyrighted music. In addition, they can no longer cover or remix Metroid Prime or other Nintendo game music, unless they purchase a “compulsory” license from the company.
Kotaku contacted Nintendo and SynaMax regarding the removed videos.
SynaMax has 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 is becoming aggressive instead of simply demonetizing the videos in question and allowing fans to continue creating and sharing Nintendo-inspired creations. SynaMax said it didn’t mind losing that income; they just want to share their songs with other fans. SynaMax said in obvious disappointment that they were no longer making any Nintendo related content “for a very long time”.
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We have saw the same scenario play out again as well as again in the last few years. Nintendo fans work hard to create new interesting content related to games or provide other fans with easy ways to listen to Nintendo music that the publisher does not make available, and Big N responds by issuing legal threats to some of its most passionate and dedicated fans.
Literally at the beginning of this month Nintendo filed over 500 copyright complaints per channel, forcing the creator of this YouTube channel to remove all Nintendo-related music. In the process, many of the songs they uploaded to YouTube have become much harder to listen to, which is a real challenge for passionate fans who just want to relive a bit of their childhood or celebrate a game they especially love.
Of course, Nintendo has every right to do so. But the fact is, many other game companies these days are working with fans and creators to allow them to create cool stuff in a legally secure way. Many publishers even offer legal and easily accessible ways for interested players to reproduce their old catalogs. As we said, Nintendo is under no obligation to do this.. And yet it continues to do so, making it harder and harder to celebrate and enjoy the publisher’s long history and beloved franchises.