Square Enix Japan Files Strike for Copyright Infringement Over Bizarre Wakka Meme Video
Recently, developer and publisher Square Enix filed a copyright strike over a bizarre meme video featuring Wakka from Final Fantasy X which was released a month ago via popular Japanese video streaming site Nico Nico Douga.
The video amassed over 3 million views in just one month, but has since been removed due to a “takedown notice submitted by the rights holder,” the now-deleted video link reads.
According to a Japanese user on Twitter, the reason for the removal is due to the strict Japanese laws regarding copyrighted content. In most cases, artwork such as fan art is allowed under the “Fair Use” section, but what copyright infringement seems to involve is monetization or use against public order and morality, which is understandable to some extent. Many fear that fan art is under attack.
Welp, I’m definitely not Phoenix Wright, but I think that shouldn’t worry fans who want to share their experiences with fan art. After watching the video myself and seeing the thumbnail, I can definitely understand why Square Enix would want to remove the video because not only is it chaotic, but the thumbnail has a very…”interesting” message in Japanese regarding the private parts of Tidus, which I cannot pronounce in this article, for obvious reasons.
You can watch a re-upload of the disturbing Waka meme video below: