Nintendo is responsible for creating memorable video game music and is copyrighted. You must obtain permission from the owner if you intend to use it.
This article will answer most of your questions. Just a quick disclaimer that we are not lawyers and this is not legal advice.
What is Copyright?
Copyright is a form of intellectual property law that protects original works of authorship, like music, from being copied or used without the author’s permission. Copyright law gives creators the exclusive right to control how their work is used and distributed.
Does that mean that all of Nintendo’s music is copyrighted?
Nintendo has a copyright on most of its music, which means that you need permission from the company to use or distribute it.
Can we still use Nintendo music?
You can still listen to or use Nintendo’s music. In many cases, copyright holders will allow others to use their work under what’s known as a “fair use” exception.
How do we use the “Fair Use Policy”?
You can use a copyrighted song for educational purposes, criticism, commentary, or news reporting. This means that journalists and reviewers can use excerpts of copyrighted material in their work without getting permission but must put a “fair use disclaimer” in their content.
What to avoid when using Nintendo’s music?
Avoid using a copyrighted song in your own YouTube video without permission from the copyright holder because it is most likely to be considered an infringement. The same goes for making a remix or cover of a Nintendo song.
What happens if I use Nintendo’s music without permission?
You could be infringing on their copyright. Some Youtube streamers were recently hit with copyright claims for using Nintendo music in their streams, which forced them to delete their videos or face having their accounts suspended.
The best way to use Nintendo music is to get permission from the owner or follow the “Fair Use Policy.” If you’re unsure, consult a lawyer.
You can still listen or use Nintendo music. But, if you’re thinking about making your own remixes, covers, or uses of the songs, know the policies and find some other way to show your love for the company’s music.