Nintendo blocks another 2,200 videos on YouTube featuring its music


It turns out that last week’s events were just the beginning – YouTube video game music channel GilvaSunner announced that they are now hit with another 2,200 copyright bans from Nintendo.

The same channel has had a target on its back for a while, and the latest update follows 1,300 takedowns. In a series of messages on Twitter, the channel’s creator said he was ready to call it quits and delete the channel, or at least “what’s left of it,” this Friday. Other copyright blocks are also to follow:

After thinking about it a lot over the past few days, I’ve come to the conclusion that it’s really not worth keeping the channel any longer at this point, so I’m going to move the GilvaSunner YouTube channel (or what’s left of it) into Delete soon Friday.

There are many different opinions about what is happening, and that’s okay! I can understand pretty much all sides. I know it is disappointing for many of you to read this, but I hope you can respect my decision to continue at this point.

I want to thank you for the 11+ years of support (or more if you’ve followed me before this account) and the many nice messages you’ve shared with me. It was really amazing to see the VGM scene growing so much! Please continue to support the composers and the community!

The same channel was originally the target of Nintendo copyright claims in 2020, so it’s not the first time something like this has happened. Here’s a message shared by GilvaSunner around the same time, clarifying that they never monetized videos:

I see some of you making many assumptions against me with some extreme words. Let me be clear once again that I do not monetize videos and do not profit from them. I realize that doesn’t justify uploading the content.

I’m not angry or surprised that Nintendo is doing this either, but I do find it a bit disappointing that there isn’t much of an alternative. If Nintendo feels this needs to be done (to give an example) I’ll have them shut down the channel. After all, it is their content.

The songs removed from this YouTube channel are from Nintendo series such as Super Mario, The Legend of Zelda, Super Smash. brothers, kirby, child Icarus, mother/earthbound and Luigi’s mansion.

If we hear anything else, we’ll provide an update.


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