Metroid Fan Film Kickstarter Taken Down Over IP Dispute With Nintendo

Can't say we didn't see this coming.

Two weeks ago, a Kickstarter went live with the hopes of securing $90,000 to make a not-for-profit short film based on Nintendo's Metroid property.  Naturally, many assumed the big N would swoop in and squash this project just like Square Enix did earlier this month when someone tried to crowd fund a Final Fantasy VII web series.

Maybe "squash" is a strong word.  Perhaps the IP owners and the fans are simply having a heart to heart over what can and can not be done with those projects.  Regardless, the Metroid fan film is now the subject of an intellectual property dispute and as such, the Kickstarter has been removed (at least for the time being).

"The 'Metroid: Enemies Within' film, story boards, and related materials are unauthorized derivative works that infringe Nintendo's copyrights in its Metroid property," reads the Nintendo's DMCA notice.

Prior to Nintendo's copyright claim, the Metroid Fan film managed to garner just slightly north of $20,000 with 15 days left to go.

-Reporting from San Diego, GamePolitics Contributing Editor Andrew Eisen liked Metroid: Other M

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