Well-known Pokémon fan project Pokémon Reorchestrated - a channel dedicated to orchestral covers of music across the Pokémon games - has had its full Kanto Symphony playlist removed from YouTube by The Pokémon Company. Channel creator Braxton Burks covers this in detail via the video below, but the key notes to take away from it are that a representative from The Pokémon Company has filed copyright claims against the Kanto videos, resulting in these songs being removed and two copyright strikes being applied to the channel. As many of you know, a third strike will result in the channel becoming terminated altogether.
What's interesting, though, is that the rest of the channel's videos were left untouched. Burks further goes on to say he was not given any explanation for the removal of the Kanto videos nor the fact that they've been considered for copyright infringement, as all of his songs are licensed - he pays royalties on them too. Possible explanations for this course of action include Pokémon's own Symphonic Evolutions concert, an official concert of the series similar to that of Zelda's Symphony of the Goddesses concert. It's also not surprising that this has happened now of all times, considering this month marks the 20th anniversary of the franchise.
It's a real shame that fans who dedicate their time and craft in producing such excellent forms of art due to their passion for a series are continuously being wrist-slapped. Burks is clearly taken aback by the fact that his love for Pokémon music is being punished, putting his 2010-born channel in jeopardy. The only light at the end of the tunnel is that fans of the Kanto album can still stream it via Spotify and Apple Music.
What are your thoughts on this situation as well as his words in the video below? Sound-off in the usual place as always!
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