Nintendo has conspicuously shut down a Zelda fan film on copyright grounds, disappointing fans who held the work in high regard.
“The Legend of Zelda: Hero of Time,” a 100 minute live action fan film inspired by ocarina of Time, was released late in 2009, but seems to have attracted the attention of Nintendo, who promptly shut it down.
The trailer is still visible for the moment:
The creators “voluntarily” withdrew the film from circulation:
Hey, everyone. We just wanted to let you know that Dec. 31 was the last day that The Hero of Time was available for viewing.
We came to an agreement with Nintendo earlier this month to stop distributing the film. In the spirit of the holiday season they were good enough to let us keep the movie up for you to watch and enjoy through the end of 2009, but not past 2009.
We understand Nintendo’s right to protect its characters and trademarks and understand how in order to keep their property unspoiled by fan’s interpretation of the franchise, Nintendo needs to protect itself — even from fan-works with good intentions.
Curiously, Nintendo generally leaves doujinshi and other such unauthorised derivative works alone in Japan, where even semi-commercial fan-works with purely pornographic intentions pass completely unmolested, with the relationship between fandom and publishers understood to be a symbiotic rather than adversarial one.