Another YouTuber specializing in creating covers and remixes of classic Nintendo hits has sworn off the practice going forward after Nintendo’s lawyers called to request the removal of nine videos.
SynaMax, who has a total of 6.88K subscribers, posted a video on his channel addressing the issue, stating that a lawyer representing Nintendo called him on May 31st and asked him to take down nine videos related to Metroid Prime from the channel.
“I’m really disappointed in Nintendo that they would force me to take down these videos because they want compulsory licenses. I think it’s important to point out that this only applies to music that’s copyrighted by Nintendo; my research videos about the music from Metroid Prime as well as music done in the style of Kenji Yamamoto, those things are all okay because that’s not copyrighted Nintendo music. However, a recreation cover, or just a cover in general or any sort of remix, that unfortunately cannot be done without compulsory licenses.”
SynaMax goes on to say that he’d rather Nintendo had taken over the monetization of his videos rather than remove them entirely, as had been done with a couple of other, unrelated content from his channel, due to the fact that he only does this work for fun and not for money.
“Why can’t Nintendo go down this route? Why can’t Nintendo do this like everyone else? Why does my recreation cover have to be removed when the song it’s based off of has never seen any sort of official soundtrack release? It’s obvious that there’s a strong market demand for Nintendo to release this music outside of the game it was written for. Nintendo can easily capitalize on this market, but they refuse to do so. This whole situation has left a really bad taste in my mouth and once I’m finished editing these Metroid videos that are currently in the pipeline – there’s only just a couple left – I’m done.”
It’s certainly not the first case of a YouTuber being forced to remove their Nintendo-related content after strikes from the company itself. Most recently, DeoxysPrime revealed that it had received over 500 copyright complaints from Nintendo, forcing the removal of a significant chunk of content.
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