Nintendo has made a lot of stupid decisions in the past. Recently, these decisions included, but were not limited to:
* Taking down Let's Play videos of their games
* Taking down videos that contained any game footage whatsoever
* Taking down videos of ROM hacks of their games
* Taking down videos that contained music from their games
* Taking down a fan remake of Super Mario 64
So yeah, Nintendo likes to take things down. Their excuse is they want to protect their copyright and trademarks. Seems reasonable enough who am I kidding no it doesn't. The problem with all these takedowns was that they took down things that were clearly under fair use. I don't have time to explain what fair use really means, but everything I mentioned is, or at least should be, fair use.
Anyway, after all that bullcrap, they thankfully stopped.
See, last week, the Internet Archive archived a bunch of issues of Nintendo Power. (Actually, they downloaded the magazines from another site, but that's for another time.) Nintendo didn't like that and took them all down. In other words, more bullcrap.
Now, to be fair, archiving doesn't technically fall under fair use. Still, they took down the only opportunity people had to read old issues of their magazine, which A) doesn't exist anymore, B) they didn't publish by the time it ended, and C) began in 1988. The issues archived were from 1988 to 2001. The excuse, once again, was "copyright infringement". Now, there's a gray area here, but again, these magazines were 15 to 28 years old. Shouldn't there be some way to read those that doesn't involve spending an arm and a leg on eBay, or getting lucky at a used book store?
But it doesn't end there. On Saturday, a fan remake of Metroid II: Return of Samus was released online, for free, to celebrate the series' 30th anniversary. It was a project that was in development for years--YEARS--and Nintendo hadn't taken notice. But now they certainly have, because that got taken down too.
Unlike the old issues of Nintendo Power, the Metroid II remake clearly fell under fair use. Yet the excuse was still "We need to protect our copyrights and trademarks". BULL. CRAP.
Nintendo, if you're going to keep doing this, I have a few suggestions for you. Do a sweep of Newgrounds for all the fan-based cartoons and games. Do a sweep of Fanfiction.net for all the Nintendo fanfiction. Do a sweep of DeviantART for all the Nintendo fan art and more fanfiction. I dare you. I DOUBLE DARE YOU, MOTHER--
Frustrating as this may be, I do not hate Nintendo. Call me a hypocrite, but I can't bring myself to hate them. It makes me livid, of course, but for some reason I can't bring myself to hate Nintendo as a company. For example, I am still very much looking forward to the NX. But seriously, this is the final straw. I won't boycott Nintendo, but I'm sure a lot of people will (I know people who already were, even before this). And if it keeps up, or they don't drop the copyright claims, that will be the end for them. I still won't hate them, but it will be their end.
It had better not happen again.