A Zelda film created by fans has been removed from the Internet at Nintendo’s request.
The film, The Legend of Zelda: Hero of Time, is based loosely on Ocarina of Time, is around two hours long and features a number of Zelda favourites including Gorons, Saria and of course Link.
Following the take down notice, the film’s producers released the following statement:
We came to an agreement with Nintendo earlier this month to stop distributing the film. In the spirit of the holiday season they were good enough to let us keep the movie up for you to watch and enjoy through the end of 2009, but not past 2009. We understand Nintendo’s right to protect its characters and trademarks and understand how in order to keep their property unspoiled by fan’s interpretation of the franchise, Nintendo needs to protect itself — even from fan-works with good intentions.
For those who haven’t seen the film, make the most of it while you can with the official trailer:
Silence fans (costumers) this way?
This maybe one of the worst bussiness decision of Nintendo ever made.
that sucks. i don't understand that at all. is it not just more publicity? i'd be kinda flattered, despite the movie's cheeziness. i'd never turn down fan-work. oh well. nothing anybody can do about it, i suppose.
Good. Seeing it killed part of me. The less that suffer it the better.
Some people probably think that's made by Nintendo (and that would make Nintendo look bad in its own right). It looks like a lot of time and money was spent on making the movie, but that trailer makes me glad I never watched it.
I bet it´s a terrible piece, but I´m disappointed Nintendo won´t let fans make a tribute. However bad it may be.
'Another dead Link on the Internet.' -
Somebody on NL posted a link to this film a while back and I watched some of it and it is terrible, all I can say is that the people involved should learn their lesson and ask for permission next time before wasting hours making a film about/butchering copyright characters.
@Stevie - I'll take credit for that caption. Made me chuckle when I thought of it!
Just now read that caption, classic!
that movie was awful anyway.
Good caption Prosody. I could careless honestly, as long as 3D Dot Hero ends up making it Im fine. If they stop it I will never buy another Zelda game.
Although I like seeing fan-made tributes, Nintendo does have a legal obligation to protect their copyrights... otherwise Nintendo essentially loses the rights and controls over their characters.
That is one ugly Link!
That is one ugly Link!
I agree! Why does she look like a man? D:
Nintendo & Miyamoto own the rights to Zelda so they have the right to decide whether there should be some blockbuster movie somewhere down the road in live action and special effects and such. When Nintendo is ready for something like that, they will announce it and choose the company to produce it.
Lol you guys are mind readers. I was just thinking yesterday about an awful zelda movie trailer i saw and now theres a story about it
@Feenie It's Emo Link! D:
I personally thought it was excellent for an fan-made movie. It's a shame that Nintendo had to take it down.
I agree with the above poster. All these people whining and complaining about how terrible it alledgedly is: What movies have you made? For a fan made production this actually looked very impressively done. Top marks to whoever put it together.
Well it can't be any worse than the official Mario Bros. movie can it? LOL
@Dazza, it was, but i enjoyed it nonetheless.
still, i don't see how a fan-film posted on the internet is any different than fan-fiction or fan-art posted on the internet.
oh, and somebody may need to refresh my grammar, but i'm not sure the article title is quite right...
Odd move by Nintendo, surely it's not doing them any harm to leave it alone if the creators agree to keep it non-profit?
Two brilliant Lord of the Rings fan films have been made, and the Tolkien Estate has allowed them to be distributed for free on the internet, and both are magnificent for fan films. Nintendo should take a leaf out of their book and encourage this sort of thing rather than unleashing the hounds on fan productions like this, crappy or not. (If you're a LOTR, I recommend watching those films by the way - Google "The Hunt for Gollum" and "Born of Hope" to find them; the former takes place during the Fellowship of the Ring as Aragorn tracks Gollum before Sauron can find him, and the latter is a tale of Aragorn's parents and the Rangers. Good stuff.)
As soon as I saw Link I felt embarrassed for them. Some games and animes just don't work when it comes to real life interpretations. Zelda is one of them. This looks terrible even if it is a fan made movie. It was never going to work and it never will. It's like making a real life Pokemon movie. Just take a look at that stupid Dragon Ball movie. God, it just makes me cringe. The fact is this movie looks like a trailer for some porno movie with a Zelda theme.
Maybe Nintendo saw it and cringed at how bad it was too. Maybe they thought that even so, some people could mistake it for some serious movie about the franchise and get the wrong idea especially due to some of the things like 'this fall'.
Smart move by Nintendo. This is garbage and hurts the brand name.
Hmm.. I'll look into those Tellyn24, thanks for the info.
I also think this a bad move on Nintendo's part. Common, even if Nintendo released a movie of there own, it's not like the little fan piece would make less people watch the real deal. The opposite is true even.
Good thing I saw this movie before they took it down! =D
Meh. Could care less.
Glad that abomination has been vanquished.
Thank God. That movie was absolute garbage. It was even worse than the "so bad it's good" category.
i hope Nintendo doesn't take down the Star Fox fan game: Shadows of Lylat
Wow they put a lot of work into that trailer and you know what . . . I liked it!
It looks pretty embarrassing to me and I fully appreciate how hard it is to make something like it. Nintendo needs to legally clarify and allow stuff like it, though, IMO. George Lucas does it, and as mentioned above there are the LOTR fan films. There are many others (I personally dig the Indiana Jones and the Relic of Gotham).
One reason Nintendo should do it: Nintendo's own cross media promotion is seriously lacking -- in the US at least. Where are the toys? Where are the books for all reading levels? Where are the videos and movies. My four year old daughter wants to know.
Doesn't Nintendo realize how gaga kids up through 30+ year olds would go over full on play sets for Mario or Zelda or Metroid? Ahem.
The grammar's right:
Nintendo (group) Silence Talking Link.
as opposed to
(for example) Shigeru Miyamoto (individual) Silence*s* Talking Link.
Yay for Grammar!
@bobpie: isn't Nintendo singular, though, as it's one figure, despite the fact it represents many? in fact, a corporation is viewed in (American) law as a single individual.
note specifically: When such a group is considered as a single unit, the collective noun is used with a singular verb and singular pronouns. For example - The committee has reached its decision.
I could not even finish the trailer. Thank you Nintendo for taking action and saving the world.
So Nintendo goes after the fans who made a film that in no way presents itself as an official motion picture adaptation, but still allow IGN to randomly use their April Fool's Day Zelda trailer that actually makes it out to be official.
Bad or not, they were fans expressing their love of classic gaming icons, then again, all they do is hand Nintendo money everytime a new game or system comes out. It's not like they give the games reviews and give us eloquent works not seen in the press since the days of W.R. Hearst such as "Nintendo is Lazy and You Don't Care".
Nintendo is not the first company to go after fan films. 99% of time fan films usually are pretty horrible so it does not bother me. Whether it is right or not I do not care to debate and nor do I want to get into a long drawn out copyright infringement debate.
wow. people actualy glad to see something like this gone? ok, so you do something that takes years to make, you set aside time to do it. time you could have spent doing something else. now, it's FINALY done, and the powers that be, tell you that you wasted your time, and you're not allowed to give it out, no matter HOW it looks. you and the people that followed you are going to be hurt bad. IT'S A FAN TRIBUTE! it wasn't meant to be perfect! besides, compared to alot of the other stuff out there, this was the best. better than any zelda movie nintendo's ever made. oh wait... THEY NEVER HAVE! nintendo removed it because they don't want to appear lazier than they already are. you know, i will admit the movie was lacking, yes. but like i said, it was the best zelda fan film i've seen, and to be honest, nintendo's been ticking me off for a while, and this latest act of money hunger has nearly pushed me to boycotting them.
Well that sucks. I guess the taking down of Ocarina of Time re-orchestrated can't be far away.
I'm not trying to be funny but once something hits the Internet,it's never gone.I'm sure you can find the movie on plenty of sites.
@melvin good point. remember the Star Wars kid ? lol
For the people complaining that Nintendo should not have taken action: Please read up on copyright law. Nintendo had little choice in the matter, unless they wanted to open the flood gates for anybody out there wanting to make similar (but probably far worse quality) works in the future.
A copyright holder MUST take appropriate action to limit who has the right to use their IP. If they do not, then someone in the future could make a much crappier -- or even offensive -- film using the same IP, and could argue that since Nintendo allowed the older work, theirs should not be stifled. Nintendo is not allowed to "pick and choose" which unofficial versions of their IP they will allow to circulate if they want to keep their rights to the material.
So, there are two questions you should be asking. 1) Why did these fans, knowing quite well I'm sure that they were releasing unofficial and potentially illegal material, not contact Nintendo and get permission before they invested all this work? And 2) Why did Nintendo not shut them down before now?
I think I know the answers to both questions. 1) They didn't ask because they knew they'd be told no; in which case the wasted time and effort is their own fault. 2) Nintendo didn't stop them when they only had trailers and teasers because it generated free publicity without seriously jeopardizing their copyright.
I wish Nintendo wouldn't be so damn tight-aardvarked about their intellectual properties. They should take this as a compliment. It's not like these people were trying to make money off of it.
If copyright laws were ever fixed such that they made sense, there'd be a lot of lawyers out of a job.
As I understand it, this fan movie was not prosecutable as long as it remained free to watch. Copyright law only pertains to your ability to make money off of the IP, correct? Though I must admit I do understand wanting to protect the IMAGE of your IP, I'm not really sure how the legality of doing so works out. Damn screwed up legal systems...
I'm glad I watched the movie before it was removed, anyway. I'm in the camp who thought it was pretty good overall, and I'm not too pleased with those of you who are so quick to say it was an abomination that NEEDED to be removed.
Nintendo doesn't want crappy works of film circulating with their Zelda IPs? Well, EXCUUUUUUUUUUUUUSSSSSSSE ME Nintendo!
Disney has been known to sue soccer moms for putting Mickey on their kid's jerseys (the mouse has always been above all in a**hat copyright enforcement). This is pretty reasonable compared to that.
Thanks Nintendo, u have saved link!
You have to admit, they put a lot of effort into that.
Once you get past the whole 'reality is ugly' reflex, it is a much more competent effort than other independent Zelda productions.
Probably the reason why Nintendo came down on them so hard.
@Token Girl: That doesn't mean Disney had the legal grounds to do that either, y'know. That's just big corporations taking advantage of the legal naivite (or however you spell that) of the average consumer.
Rules of the internet #16 - "When you are forced to remove a video/file/story from the internet, ten more will replace it."
You'll still be able to find the film if you want to watch it and are prepared to look hard enough
p.s. @bro2dragons The grammar is perfect
Companies have the legal right to protect their IP however it doesn't mean that its morally right to do so. A lot of the nintendo fans just mindlessly agree with whatever Nintendo does. Nintendo should have only required that they make it clear that this is an unofficial production with no affiliation with Nintendo, and also should not have any money made on it. That would have protected their intellectual property without having to seem like a mean cold hearted corporation.
Anyway this looked decent for a no budget production.
Nice way to treat one of the biggest tributes ever made to your own work.
That movie was crap. Good move Nintendo
Honestly, I know Nintendo only did what they had to do. It stinks, and actually I'd kind of would liked to have seen the film, but the law is the law...no matter how senseless the law seems.
But maybe Nintendo could have handled it better...like using the film to promote a contest of of fan-made films based on their favorite Nintendo characters or games? With some sort of prize and all, I don't know. I just know I hate seeing creativity and ambition squashed.
@Mikarlo: Unfortunately, if you make something big like this without asking permission from the trademark owners, you run the risk of it being removed. Remember the fan game of Chrono Trigger?
@Hippie: There are too many fan fics and fan art for Nintendo to sue. If anything, they promote fan art, well at least Nintendo Power does.
Knowing Disney, they probably lobbied to create laws that would allow them to sue under those circumstances. (Though, I'm not a lawyer, so I really have no idea about the legal grounds/details). While piracy is bad, massive amounts of unlicensed Disney stuff is one thing I'm happy to see in China. That just falls into Karma's a b***** in my book.
The Zelda franchise has always been one of the more creative in the video game business. This film would destroy that notion entirely were Nintendo to let this slip by.
@Token, what's funny is if the soccer mom's had bought and used a Disney iron on transfer like you can find all the time at craft stores, Disney couldn't say a thing about it. That's one of the things that scares me about Disney buying Marvel Comics, if they are that sue happy fo Mickey Mouse (who hasn't been relevent since the 50's) imagine what they will do with Spider-Man.
My best friend is not only a GREAT Zelda games fan but also lived in the same area where the film was shot.
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