Sat. Jan 28th, 2023
Nintendo issues copyright claims on Mario-themed Minecraft videos

The Minecraft community is one of the most video-focused gaming groups online, with hundreds of thousands of players routinely streaming and sharing gameplay and mods via YouTube and Twitch without any issues. Nintendo, on the other hand, is one of the most restrictive game publishers when it comes to video, with a history of taking videos of its games offline and threatening to shut down livestream tournaments. It has also had issues sharing ad revenue with creators.

When those two sides effectively merged via the recently released “Super Mario Mash-Up Pack” for the Wii U version of Minecraft, problems had to arise. And emerged they have, with a number of YouTubers public complain about Nintendo making copyright claims on their Minecraft videos.

The problem seems to stem from the use of the game Super Mario 64 music, which is actually included as part of the Mash-Up package, but still causes a copyright match with the original Nintendo 64 game. A memorable video response from a Nintendo streamer urges the company to “stop tripping” over the Minecraft videos. “It’s like Nintendo doesn’t want us to play their games. Don’t play them because we don’t want you to show them on YouTube. We don’t want anyone else to see how awesome and amazing the gameplay is…” says the streamer in his best Nintendo impersonation.

To its credit, Mario Mash-Up Pack developer 4J Studios responded quickly, say on Twitter that “we are hearing reports of copyright strikes on Super Mario Mash-Up videos. We were confident that would not happen. Following Nintendo.” In comments to other users, the developer said that “Nintendo will investigate and resolve these copyright issues”.

Even with a quick fix for what appears to be an honest mistake, current copyright claims point to a serious culture clash in the modern gaming industry. It exhausts companies that embrace social video sharing and those that reflexively try to stop that sharing. In any case, when sharing gameplay videos online, it’s important to remember that you’re taking advantage of an opportunity that can always be revoked at the request of the game’s creator.

By akfire1

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