Nintendo is believed to be making another comeback with YouTube takedowns, said to be targeting Zelda: Breath of the Wild mods.
The YouTuber in the company’s launch line is supposed to be the streamer and modder known as ‘PointCrowHe has 1.6 million subscribers and made headlines in 2021 for offering $10,000 to anyone who can put together the multiplayer game Breath of the Wild.
Developed with the help of costume designer Alex Mangue over the past year, Nintendo now appears to be on a rampage according to PointCrow — claiming over two dozen videos on his channel (including videos about the multiplayer mode). Apart from Zelda, this includes other Nintendo content such as Mario and Pokémon.
Uploading a new video titledNintendo is removing my videosPointCrow called out the video game giant (in a prepared statement, reviewed by his attorney) for targeting his channel with two separate copyright strikes targeting his multiplayer Zelda videos, accusing it of “knowingly” endangering his livelihood.
He hopes Nintendo can consider reversing the decisions, as he admits he can do little more than plead and “stay away from this kind of content.”
PointCrow insists that it “never encouraged piracy of Nintendo games”, never sold the mods it requested, and notes how “all the code is custom” – claiming it is “free from Nintendo originals”. The download links on the Discord page for Zelda multiplayer have also been removed.
The creator has also raised concerns about how his videos are unfairly targeting “normal” Breath of the Wild gameplay as well and believes his uploads fit in with Nintendo Game Content Guidelines.
This current situation seems to have escalated with Nintendo now being accused before last YouTubers for amazing videos that are “without context” but have been removed by copyright. This should include more regular videos, with YouTube’s ‘Breath of the Wild’ focusing oncrotonClaiming that one of the videos they lost had “nothing to do with the mods” and it was just a challenge.
PointCrow warns that this could set a precedent and fears that the current takedowns could significantly affect YouTube coverage of the upcoming The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom – with creators potentially having to worry about their “Nintendo practice”. [sic] Video copyright goes with [sic] own policies”.
Therefore, if you upload any video that includes any Nintendo Content, regardless of the extent to which it transforms or is directly aligned with [sic] published guidelines, you are at risk.”
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