Nintendo May Have Eased Off On Its Claims To 'Let's Play' Ad Revenues
Posted by Andy Green
Popular YouTuber says he's making money on Nintendo content again
Last month we reported on Nintendo's move to put a block on 'Let's Play' videos on YouTube monetising any of its copyrighted content. Essentially, the company claimed the rights to any revenue generated from user-created video content that is long enough to get an advert placed at the beginning, middle or end.
Well, it appears Nintendo has eased off a little on this front as Zack Scott, the popular YouTuber who informed the world about Nintendo's restrictions in mid-May, has told Kotaku he's seen evidence Nintendo has performed a U-turn.
The copyright claim that Nintendo slapped down on one of his captured Let's Play videos of Super Mario 3D Land was apparently modified less than two weeks later to allow his content to earn money from advertisements.
He said the ad earnings ceased on 14th May but then resumed nine days later on 23rd May.
Kotaku caught up with President of Nintendo of America Reggie Fils-Aime about the issue at E3, where he told them:
We love our fans. We appreciate everything that our fans do. We had to take this formal step to be very clear about our IP. The fans need to understand that we see the issue, we understand the issue, but, right now, all we’ve done is take the first step to protect our IP.
Nintendo has not confirmed it has dropped its claim to the ad revenue but it appears the company is allowing Zack Scott to monetise his captured content - at least for now.
We'd love to hear your thoughts on this matter. Should Nintendo be taking the revenue, or do you think YouTubers have the right to make money from their content? Sound off in the comment section below.