Nintendo Lawyers Strike Metroid Prime Music YouTuber

Another day, another case where Nintendo is Nintendo. This time, the company is cracking down on a YouTuber who uploaded Metroid Prime music covers to their channel.

Content creator SynaMax revealed that nine of his videos had to be taken down, after Nintendo sent in the big guns and flexed their legal muscles his way.

Eight minutes of Metroid Prime with Eurogamer.

“On May 31, an attorney representing Nintendo called me and asked me to remove nine videos from the channel,” SynaMax explained in a new video (marked by VGC). “I’m really disappointed with Nintendo that they’re forcing me to take these videos down because they want compulsory licensing.”

The YouTuber went on to say, “I think it’s important to emphasize that this only applies to Nintendo copyrighted music; my Metroid Prime music research videos as well as music done in the style of Kenji Yamamoto, these things are all okay because it’s not Nintendo copyrighted music. However, a recreation cover, or just a cover in general or any sort of remix, unfortunately this cannot be done without compulsory licenses.

SynaMax revealed that it would have no problem with Nintendo simply issuing a copyright request to the videos and taking over monetization for them rather than removing the videos from its channel altogether.

“What happens [then] it’s all that advertising revenue that goes to the record companies for me, which is good because they own the original song, and I can keep my remix on YouTube for everyone to listen to,” a- he explained.

“I don’t make a dime on it, but that’s fine with me because at least everyone can listen to my remix.”

SynaMax then went on to ask all the questions many have asked before him, and many will probably ask again in the future: “Why can’t Nintendo go this route? Why can’t Nintendo do this like Everyone? Why does my recess cover have to be taken down when the song it’s based on has never seen an official soundtrack release?”

If only we knew SynaMax, if only we knew…