You can now use Pokémon music in your YouTube videos
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Nintendo announced Pokémon DP sound librarya web service that allows users to listen to and download the music and sound effects of the original Pokémon Diamond and pearl.
Listeners can play individual tracks as much as they like, including iconic songs like Champion Cynthia and the lake theme. Users can also choose from a variety of mood-based developer-created playlists as well as musical collaborations, only one of which has been revealed so far.
Announcing the Pokémon DP Sound Library! 🎶
All the music you love from the original Pokémon Diamond and Pokémon Pearl games is now available to listen to AND download for use in personal video and music creation.
— Pokemon (@Pokemon) February 2, 2022
The site’s terms and conditions allow fans to use music for non-commercial purposes, including personal events, musical performances, and background music in videos. Official guidelines appear to allow YouTube content creators to monetize videos that use game audio, but the terminology is unclear.
The web client itself isn’t great: although it allows users to create their own “party track”, a mini playlist of up to six songs, there’s no way to repeat or loop songs without manually selecting them over and over again. This is a real problem since each of the music tracks contains only one complete loop.
It is perhaps no coincidence that Nintendo revealed the sound library in the wake of the 1,300 copyright complaints sent to GilvaSunner, a YouTuber who publishes Nintendo soundtracks. GilvaSunner says the soundtracks are hard to find elsewhere, making it impossible to enjoy them unless gamers actually play the games they came from. Nintendo has always held its IP addresses in an iron fist, frequently issuing takedown notices to creators who use Nintendo Music in their videos or upload tracks as video playlists to YouTube or other video sites, but 1,300 claims at a time is a new low for the company. .