GilvaSunner YouTube Channel Shuts Down Due To Copyright Strikes From Nintendo; Pokemon Releases Music
from the sigh dept
The Nintendo vs. GilvaSunner YouTube channel saga has come to an end. It had become sort of an annual thing for Nintendo to copyright strike large numbers of videos on that channel, which mostly has “videos” consisting of beloved video game music from Nintendo titles. Over 100 videos were struck in 2019. Then another swath of videos were struck in 2020. After taking 2021 off, Nintendo struck over 1,300 of GilvaSunner’s uploads a few weeks ago. Now, while we’ve taking pains to point out that Nintendo can do this, as it owns that IP, it certainly didn’t have to go this route. There were plenty of other alternatives, including offering this music on any relevant streaming platform itself, which it has always declined to do.
Well, as I said, it’s over. The GilvaSunner channel is to be shutdown due to the volume of copyright strikes it received.
Following the strike though, Gilvasunner has announced they will be deleting their channel this Friday (February 4).
Writing on Twitter, they said: “Hi everyone, after the 1300 copyright blocks from Nintendo a few days ago, the YT channel received another 2200 blocks today (with likely many more to follow). After thinking about this a lot over the past few days, I’ve decided that at this point it’s really not worth it to keep the channel up any longer, and will therefore delete the GilvaSunner YouTube channel (or what’s left of it) this coming Friday.”
I’ll point out again that GilvaSunner’s channel did not compete with Nintendo in any way, going all the way back to 2019. Its videos didn’t replace buying Nintendo games. The channel didn’t compete with legit sources for Nintendo game music, since Nintendo declined to create any such legit sources. This was, for the past 3 years, simply Nintendo trying to stamp out a resource for Nintendo fans to celebrate Nintendo music, thereby expressing and solidifying their fandom.
But when it comes to this latest round of copyright strikes, it comes with a slight sliver of a difference.
Announcing the Pokémon DP Sound Library! ?
All the music you love from the original Pokémon Diamond and Pokémon Pearl games is now available to listen to AND download for use in personal video and music creation.
— Pokémon (@Pokemon) February 2, 2022
So, while this is nothing like all of Nintendo making its game music available for streaming, it’s at least a step in that direction. But think about this for a moment: for 3 years Nintendo has been warring with a YouTube channel celebrating its music without offering any real streaming alternative — yes, some game music has been available to buy on iTunes for some time, but that’s not the same thing — and once the company managed to kill off that channel, one of its properties releases a site to both stream and download for free some of that same music.
Is that not both insane and annoying? Nintendo didn’t have to release this site; GilvaSunner was doing it for free. But Nintendo is so in love with controlling all of its IP that this is where we somehow landed.