YouTuber DidYouKnowGaming has just won an important battle against Nintendo. Indeed, the platform has decided to put one of its videos dedicated to a canceled Zelda project back online. BigN had obtained the suppression of this documentary in December 2022.
When it comes to defending its interests and its copyrights, Nintendo can be very virulent, even towards its fans. In June 2022 for example, the Japanese manufacturer has filed 500 complaints against a YouTube channel which broadcast music from cult games like F-Zero or Mario Kart.
In April 2022, the Japanese publisher demanded the removal of several threads on Reddit that focused on the plot of the Super Mario movie coming. In this specific case, we can say that Nintendo showed a certain zeal, since it was about simple theories on the history of the animated film…
Nintendo removes documentary about failed Zelda project
And recently, Nintendo obtained the withdrawal of one of the last videos of YouTuber DidYouKnowGaming, a videographer specializing in video games with more than 2.3 million subscribers. The video in question, posted in October 2022, focused on a canceled Zelda project from Retro Studios.
The dads of Metroid Prime had the ambition to develop a tactical spin-off of The Legend of Zelda for the Nintendo DS dubbed Heroes of Hyrule. DidYouKnowGaming’s documentary focuses on gameplay mechanics, design ideas, and explains why the studio was so interested in this atypical project. specify that the videographer relies on the interview of a former developer behind the project.
Unsurprisingly, Nintendo was quick to file a DMCA petition for copyright infringement. YouTube quickly complied by deleting the DidYouKnowGaming video. The YouTubeur accused the builder of censoring his journalistic work and harming video game heritage conservation efforts.
Nintendo has visibly lowered its arms
“When you counter a DMCA on YouTube, the company that DMCAd you has 10 business days to show that they have taken legal action against you, or the video is restored”. explained on Twitter Shane Gill, the one behind DidYouKnowGaming.
He adds : “So I spent the last two weeks checking my email to see if Nintendo was suing me.” As you will have understood, BigN has not yet gone through legal action against Shane Gill’s chain. If the publisher wants to get the documentary on this aborted Zelda project removed again, he will have to wait for a lawsuit against the videographer.
Source : Kotaku