Nintendo Hits YouTube Soundtrack Channel With Over 1300 Copyright Blocks

Nintendo Hits YouTube Soundtrack Channel With Over 1300 Copyright Blocks
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A YouTube channel that uploads video game soundtracks has reportedly been sent over 1300 copyright blocks in one day. This news isn’t shocking if you know Nintendo’s track record when it comes to fan creations and communities, but it’s still a frustrating situation as much of the music that is removed from YouTube is still not streamable on services like Spotify.

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 favourite 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.

  • The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past
  • The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess
  • The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword
  • Super Smash Bros Melee
  • Super Smash Bros Brawl
  • Yoshi’s Island
  • Super Mario Land
  • Super Mario Galaxy
  • Super Mario World
  • New Super Mario Bros
  • Mario & Luigi: Dream Team
  • Mario 3D World
  • Luigi’s Mansion
  • Mario & Luigi: Bowser’s Inside Story
  • Kid Icarus Uprising
  • Kirby’s Dream Land

According to GilvaSunner their videos aren’t monetized and they don’t profit off them, yet Nintendo still decided to block hundreds of videos.

Kotaku has contacted Nintendo about the copyright blocks and if the company has any plans to release its music on streaming services.

This isn’t the first time GilvaSunner has run afoul of Nintendo. Back in 2019, the same YouTuber was sent numerous copyright claims from Nintendo over other video game soundtrack uploads. And throughout 2020, GilvaSunner continued to receive copyright blocks from Nintendo.

“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.”

While it is true that Nintendo is legally clear to strike down video uploads of their copyrighted content, it continues to be disappointing that the company doesn’t wish to work with fans or its community of players to offer them more ways to enjoy the great music from past Nintendo titles. Though considering how quick the company is to shut down any fan game or mod, it’s unlikely Nintendo will be changing anytime soon.

Comments

  • “It is their content after all.”

    It’s not content, it’s original copyrighted music Nintendo paid a lot of money to produce. I know people are used to ripping stuff of to make their own ‘content’, but IP exists for a reason. It protects original artist and makes sure they get paid to make more awesome original works.

    • “It protects original artist and makes sure they get paid to make more awesome original works.”

      When it comes to videogames, not particularly. The music that composers make for a game while working for a studio/publisher as an employee or contractor remains the property of their employer. Composers like Hideki Naganuma, who composed the more memorable soundtracks of SEGA games, don’t earn royalties from it.

      A more recent example would be Martin O’Donnell, who found out the hard way through a lawsuit that, no, the unused music he composed for Destiny in fact remains property of Bungie, not him. From his own statement:

      “I do not have, and have not had since at least April 2014, the legal authority to possess or distribute non-commercially available material related to Destiny or Music of the Spheres, including material I composed or created while working for Bungie. This material is owned by Bungie. “

      • Doesn’t change the fact that Nintendo paid for that music to be created. They own it. They have every right to tell someone that they can’t put it on Youtube. Nintendo won’t be willing to pay artists nearly as much for music that they aren’t allowed to own, protect and/or profit off of.

  • I mean yeah of course they should.

    This channel is re-uploading in its entirety songs they don’t have the rights to distribute. They aren’t adding anything to these soundtracks, They are pirating them.

    • Especially when the games publisher is selling the OST as part of the game, deluxe edition etc.

      Or the music is licensed from the artist. (Like a Rockstar or Ubisoft does)

  • Oh how could we possibly have seen this coming????? I mean, just because Nintendo has hit this same channel before and has continued to do so for over a year now doesn’t mean they’d do it again. Right?At this point, this person is just asking for trouble. Take the hint and be glad Nintendo didn’t take legal action. Which I suspect they’ll probably do next time. Because it’s obvious “GilvaSunner” still hasn’t learned their lesson.

  • Who cares another day another Nintendo cease and desist.

    Don’t like paying ridiculous prices for nostalgia, don’t like a company constantly stomping on people, don’t support them.

    • I don’t think they’d still be Nintendo if they stopped stomping on people. But they’ve got to protect nonexistent revenue streams, after all.

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