A recent Kickstarter campaign funding a new Metroid fan film has been shut down by Nintendo on the basis of copyright infringement. As we recently reported, Metroid: Enemies Within was thriving on Kickstarter and set to become a moody, 10-minute Metroid film produced by Hollywood bred talent. Donors were offered Metroid t-shirts and other collectibles. However, Nintendo has issued a DMCA (Digital Millenium Copyright Act) notice ordering Kickstarter to terminate the project. The former page for the film now contains a disclaimer informing fans that the project is unavailable due to the dispute. Part of Nintendo’s statement appear below.
“The ‘Metroid: Enemies Within’ film, story boards, and related materials are unauthorized derivative works that infringe Nintendo’s copyrights in its Metroid property.”