Nintendo Hates You: More DMCA Takedowns Of YouTube Videos Of Game Music Despite No Legit Alternative
from the mine-mine-mine dept
I guess this is nearly an annual thing now. In 2019, we talked about how one YouTuber, GilvaSunner, had over one hundred YouTube videos blocked by Nintendo over copyright claims. GilvaSunner’s channel is dedicated to video game music, mostly from Nintendo games. Those videos consist of nothing but that music, as in no footage of video game gameplay. Nintendo, which certainly can take this sort of action from an IP standpoint, also doesn’t offer any legit alternative for fans to enjoy this music on any streaming service or the like. Then, in 2020, GilvaSunner had another whole swath of videos consisting of game music blocked by Nintendo over copyright claims. Still no legit alternative for those looking to enjoy music from Nintendo’s celebrated catalogue of games.
Well, if Nintendo decided to take 2021 off from this annual project, it certainly has more than made up for it by sending copyright strikes to GilvaSunner’s channel at a volume of over 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 channel, which is extremely popular, uploads full video game soundtracks, letting fans easily listen to their favorite Kirby or Mario track via YouTube.
After all the copyright blocks went through and the dust settled, GilvaSunner shared a list of all the soundtracks that Nintendo had targeted and blocked from the site. It’s a long list.
A very long list, as you might expect. Now, a couple of items of note here. First, GilvaSunner has insisted that he is not shocked that Nintendo continues to take these actions, nor does he claim that it isn’t within its rights to take them. But he’s also not going to stop voluntarily.
“I’m also not angry or surprised that Nintendo is doing this, but I do think it’s a bit disappointing there is hardly an alternative,” explained GilvaSunner in a tweet thread from 2020. “If Nintendo thinks this is what needs to be done (to set an example), I will let them take down the channel. It is their content after all.”
Do as you please, in other words, Nintendo. That being said, let’s also note that the channel doesn’t monetize any of these videos. GilvaSunner doesn’t make money off of Nintendo’s music.
And neither does Nintendo because, frustratingly, the company still hasn’t made this music available on any of the music streaming services we all know and love. Nor has the company announced any plans to. In other words, Nintendo isn’t going to provide you with a way to enjoy this music and it is going to shut down anyone who does.
In that scenario, this isn’t Nintendo protecting its monetary interests. It’s simply the company deciding to take its musical ball and go home. Why? Because Nintendo hates you, that’s why.