Nintendo lawyers force YouTuber to remove Metroid cover

Angry Mario screaming while standing in front of musical notes on yellow background.

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Stop me if you’ve heard this story before… A YouTube channel featuring music, covers or remixes of classic songs from popular Nintendo games was forced to remove content after being contacted Nintendo’s army of lawyers. Well, it happened again. A new channel now claims to be the latest casualty in Nintendo’s ongoing war with some of its most loyal and ardent fans.

as first reported Nintendo LifeThe newest member of the club is SynaMax, A YouTube channel dedicated to music. The user behind the channel stated in their channel profile that they have been creating music since 2004 and have previously uploaded some high quality entertainment and covers Metroid Prime song. However, this seems to have caught the attention of Nintendo and its legal team.

exist A video uploaded yesterdaythe channel creator claims Nintendo’s lawyers contacted him on May 31 and asked him to remove nine videos Metroid Prime Music covers or remixes.

“I am very disappointed with Nintendo that they will force me to remove these videos because they want a compulsory license,” SynaMax said in the new video.

They further explained that while these videos are now gone; his research video Metroid Prime‘s soundtracks and other similar videos are safe because they do not contain copyrighted music.Also, they can’t create more covers or remixes Metroid Prime Or other Nintendo game music, unless they get a “compulsory” license from the company.

small house Nintendo and SynaMax have been contacted about the removed video.

SynaMax acknowledged that the songs were owned and copyrighted by Nintendo, and the publisher had “the legal right to remove the content.”

However, they questioned why the company became aggressive, rather than just scrapping the related videos and letting fans continue to make and share Nintendo-inspired creations. SynaMax said he wouldn’t mind losing the income. They just want to share their songs with other fans. SynaMax, his frustrations are palpable, and says they’ve done more Nintendo-related content “for a long time.”

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we’ve already see the same scene play out again and again in the past few years. Nintendo fan effort Create new, interesting content Related to the game, or providing other fans with an easy way to listen to Nintendo music that the publisher doesn’t have access to, “Big N” responded by sending legal threats to some of its most ardent and loyal fans.

Just earlier this month, Nintendo sends over 500 copyright notices to one channel, forcing the creators behind the YouTube channel to remove all Nintendo-related music. In the process, many of the songs they upload to YouTube have gotten nastier, a great deal for passionate fans who just want to relive their childhood or celebrate their favorite game.

Of course, Nintendo has every right to do so. But the problem is, these days, many other game companies are working with fans and creators to let them make cool stuff in a legal and safe way. Many publishers even offer legal, easily accessible ways for interested players to stream their catalogs. As we said before, Nintendo doesn’t have to do this. However, it has been doing so, making it harder and harder to celebrate and enjoy the publisher’s long history and beloved franchise.


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