Did You Know Gaming sees its Heroes of Hyrule video restored
An unexpected, but very welcome outcome
The gang behind Did You Know Gaming has been doing an absolutely stellar job of chronicling Nintendo’s history, including looks at never-announced games, prototypes and more. As you might have guessed, Nintendo isn’t exactly a fan of their coverage, and earlier this month they stepped in to squash a recent release.
Did You Know Gaming confirmed that their Heroes of Hyrule video was smacked with a copyright strike. This meant the video was no longer available for fans to watch, and DYKG shared a commented on the situation.
“Nintendo has removed our Heroes of Hyrule video from YouTube. This was a journalistic video documenting a game that Retro Studios pitched to Nintendo nearly 20 years ago. This is an attempt by a large corporation to silence whatever journalism they don’t like, and a slap in the face for video game history preservation. We are exploring all available options to restore the video.”
Very surprisingly, Did You Know Gaming has gotten the video restored. You probably figured that out since the original video is embedded above! We’re not sure if they had to make any changes to the video or tweak the presentation, but the end result is the video returning to YouTube. You can see DYKG’s comment on the video’s return below.
“We won. The Heroes of Hyrule video is back up. Thank you to everyone who tweeted about this and the sites that reported on it. We have no doubt that the negative response played a part in Nintendo backing down. Also, YouTube confirmed to us that it was indeed Nintendo and not an imposter.”
I'm glad for Did You Know Gaming, it was silly of Nintendo to be so petty. It's a pity the "negative response" doesn't change Nintendo's mind on other matters.
Glad DYKG won their appeal. I got to watch the video before it was taken down. It easily fell under fair-use and didn’t warrant a copyright strike.