Prolific Zelda streamer and modder Pointcrow has faced dozens of additional content claims and takedowns on his videos by Nintendo in the lead up to the release of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom.
Pointcrow, whose real name is Eric Morino, has recently had several of his videos hit by copyright claims from Nintendo, including those related to his Breath of the Wild multiplayer mode. Needless to say he is not happy about it.
Pointcrow recently released a video on his channel about the various claims and evictions (a video he said was vetted by his lawyer before its release).
He revealed that, on April 6, Nintendo blocked video on its revised Breath of the Wild multiplayer. He appealed these removals, claiming that they were “consistent with [Nintendo’s] Content Guidelines Policies”.
Following this, Nintendo then “escalated” the situation, and issued Pointcrow’s YouTube channel (which has 1.61 million subscribers at the time of writing) with multiple copyright strikes.
Pointcrow later wrote to Nintendo after these attacks to reach an “amicable solution”. You can find this email below:
Nintendo then claimed “24 more” of Pointcrow’s videos.
The content creator said that many of these were Breath of the Wild related videos showing modified content. Others were of other modified Nintendo games, such as Pokémon and Mario Odyssey.
However, a since-deleted Breath of the Wild video showed no modified material. In Pointcrow’s words, it was just “vanilla” gameplay.
“These takedowns may have started with modified material, but they’ve turned into something else entirely,” Morino said in his video.
just insert a video explaining the take down @NintendoAmerica Posted on my youtube channel. Please give it a look, it’s incredibly important! pic.twitter.com/EHD6E7yCP3
— Eric Pointcrow (@PointCrow) April 14, 2023
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Pointcrow also drew attention to other influenced Zelda streamers like Kroton.
Last week, Croton revealed that 10 of his streams were “nuked” from the platform, along with two of his videos.
“No answer, no reference, just a copyright takedown,” Croton tweeted. “And one of these videos has literally nothing to do with mods and was just a Zelda Challenge Run.”
The streamer closed, saying they were “deeply saddened” by Nintendo’s decision.
Nintendo removed 10 of my streams and 2 of my videos from the frontend? @NintendoAmerica
No answer, no reference, just copyright removal. and one of these videos has literally nothing to do with mods and was just a Zelda Challenge Run
i am very sad pic.twitter.com/HLc9yADoYu
— Croton 🍞 (@CrotonZelda) April 13, 2023
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Pointcrow is now worried about any upcoming Tears of the Kingdom streams.
“It’s a little scary because the precedent they set with this case could be very much applicable to the upcoming release of The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom,” he said.
“According to [Nintendo’s] The decision to remove modified content as well as challenge and gameplay videos will make it difficult for any content creator to post creative concepts without fear of Nintendo exercising their copyrights on videos that are in line with their policies.
Pointcrow, understandably, doesn’t want to jeopardize his channel, and has voiced an “open letter” to Nintendo appealing his actions.
“Don’t take this creativity away from us,” Pointcrow said. “These channels you’ve targeted – these videos you’re claiming – are from some of the people who are most passionate about your game. You’re suppressing that imagination and punishing the people who love it.” want to share with others – when they do the way you’ve designed for us creators.”
He continued: “Please remove these strikes and claims or at least start a dialogue with us so we can move forward with enthusiasm I’m sure you’d love to see about your future games.”
Eurogamer has asked Nintendo for further comment.
You can watch Pointcrow’s full video takedown and copyright claims below: