Nintendo Hates You: No More DMCA Takedowns Of Game Music YouTube Videos Despite No Legit Alternative

from mine-mine-mine department

I guess it’s almost a yearly thing now. In 2019, we talked about how a YouTuber, GilvaSunner, had over a hundred YouTube videos blocked by Nintendo over copyright claims. GilvaSunner’s is dedicated to video game music, mainly from Nintendo games. These videos consist of nothing but this music, like in no video game gameplay footage. Nintendo, which can certainly take this kind of action from an IP point of view, also does not offer a legitimate alternative for fans to enjoy this music on any streaming service or the like. Then, in 2020, GilvaSunner had another entire swath of videos consisting of game music blocked by Nintendo due to copyright claims. Still no legitimate alternative for those looking to enjoy music from Nintendo’s famous catalog of games.

Well, if Nintendo decided to pull 2021 out of that yearly draft, it certainly more than made up for it by sending out copyright strikes to GilvaSunner’s channel to a volume of more than 1,300 in one day.

Yesterday morning, YouTuber GilvaSunner posted a tweet explaining that Nintendo had sent them and their channel over 1300 “copyright blocks”. The hugely popular channel uploads full video game soundtracks, making it easy for fans to listen to their favorite Kirby or Mario tune via YouTube.

With all the copyright blocks passed and the dust settled, GilvaSunner shared a list of all the soundtracks that Nintendo had targeted and blocked on the site. It’s a long list.

A very long list, as one might expect. Now, a few things to note here. First of all, GilvaSunner insisted that he is not shocked that Nintendo continues to take these measures, nor does he claim that he is not within his rights to take them. But he’s not going to stop voluntarily either.

“I’m also not angry or surprised that Nintendo is doing this, but I think it’s a little disappointing there’s hardly any alternative,” GilvaSunner explained in a tweet thread from 2020. If Nintendo thinks that’s what needs to be done (to give an example) I’ll let them tear down the channel, it’s their content after all.

Do as you see fit, in other words, Nintendo. That said, it should also be noted that the channel does not monetize any of these videos. GilvaSunner doesn’t make money from Nintendo music.

And neither did Nintendo because, frustratingly, the company still hasn’t made this music available on any of the music streaming services we all know and love. The company has also not announced its intention to do so. In other words, Nintendo won’t provide you with a way to enjoy this music, and it will shut down anyone who does.

In this scenario, it is not Nintendo that protects its financial interests. It’s just the company deciding to take their musical ball and go home. Why? Because Nintendo hates you, that’s why.

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Filed Under: copyright, dmca, music
Companies: nintendo, youtube

Raymond T. Helms