There has been some controversy in the past regarding what Nintendo will allow its fans to use when producing their own content. This came to a head a while back with many YouTube Let’s Players facing copyright claims from Nintendo. But it seems Nintendo have taken a step back and become more amicable concerning work by fans.
As part of an announcement regarding Nintendo’s involvement with a Nicovideo.JP event Saturo Iwata stated that anyone was allowed to use Nintendo characters for it, and seemed to extend his statement to anything non-commercial.
Nintendo has taken steps recently to show that they understand their fanbase and the good humour a lot of them share about Nintendo’s beloved intellectual properties. Their recent Nintendo Directs are often quite jovial and jokey, with their special E3 Nintendo Direct opening with an anime-esque fighting sequence between Saturo Iwata and Reggie Fils-Aime, Presidents of Nintendo Japan and America respectively. The rest of the Direct was intercut with Robot Chicken skits.
Now anyone can feel free to make their own Let’s Plays and parody videos without worrying about lawyers coming after them, providing they’re non-commercial, of course. That’s pretty neat. Sail forth, Nintendo.
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