Stop me if you’ve heard this story before… A YouTube channel featuring music, covers or remixes of classic songs from popular Nintendo games has been forced to remove content after being approached by Nintendo’s army of lawyers. Well, it’s happening again. A new channel now claims to be the latest victim of Nintendo’s ongoing war against some of its most devoted and passionate fans.
As first reported by NintendoLife, the club’s newest member is SynaMax, a YouTube channel dedicated to music. The user behind the channel, who says in the channel’s bio that they’ve been making music since 2004, previously had high-quality recreations and covers of some Metroid Prime songs. However, that seems to have caught the attention of Nintendo and its legal team.
In a video uploaded yesterday, the channel’s creator claimed that he was approached by Nintendo lawyers on May 31 with orders to remove nine videos containing Metroid Prime music covers or remixes.
“I’m really disappointed in Nintendo that they would force me to remove these videos because they want mandatory licenses,” SynaMax said in the new video.
They went on to explain that while these videos are now gone for good; are research videos about Metroid PrimeThe soundtrack and other similar videos are safe as they do not contain any copyrighted music. Furthermore, they can no longer make covers or remixes of Metroid Prime or other Nintendo game music unless they obtain a “mandatory” license from the company.
my box has contacted Nintendo and SynaMax regarding 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 wondered why the company is getting aggressive instead of just promoting relevant videos and letting fans continue producing and sharing Nintendo-inspired creations. SynaMax said he wouldn’t mind losing those earnings; they just want to share their songs with other fans. SynaMax, his frustration apparent, wrapped up by saying that they’ve finished making more Nintendo-related content “for a very long time.”
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We’ve seen the same scenario play out over and over in recent years. Nintendo fans are working hard to create new, interesting content related to the games, or to provide other fans with easy ways to listen to Nintendo music that the publisher makes inaccessible, and the “Big N” is responding by legal threats to some of his most passionate and devoted fans.
Just earlier this month, Nintendo sent more than 500 copyright claims to one channel, forcing the creator behind that 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 raw deal for passionate fans who just want to relive a bit of their childhood or celebrate a game they love. .
Of course Nintendo has all legal rights to do so. But the thing is, many other game companies today are working with fans and creators to allow them to make cool stuff in a legally safe way. Many publishers even offer interested players legal, easily accessible ways to play their back 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 beloved franchises.