Braxton Burks, the owner and operator of Pokémon Reorchestrated received another blow today, following a rather unfortunate series of events last week. The Pokémon Reorchestrated YouTube channel received two copyright strikes in quick succession last week, with no specific reason given by The Pokémon Company International. A third and final strike has been issued against Braxton, culminating in the termination of his YouTube channel.
Well! It's official. The Pokémon Company issued another takedown. As of now, the PREO YouTube channel has been terminated.
— PKMN Reorchestrated (@pkmnreorch) February 16, 2016
The Pokémon Reorchestrated YouTube channel hosts a collection of remixes and reinterpretations of classic Pokémon music, all created by Braxton Burks. All tracks listed on the page were licensed, and royalties were paid, but it seems that Braxton was not in possession of the correct license for music distribution via YouTube. As a result, the YouTube channel was taken down, but the music remains available for purchase through other means, including iTunes and Loudr.
Considering the longevity of the Pokémon Reorchestrated project, this rapid succession of copyright strikes seems to have come at a rather strange time. The first album in the project launched back in 2012, so over three years have passed with no issues arising. What sparked this change in The Pokémon Company’s approach is completely unknown, but it may be tied to the ongoing Pokémon Symphonic Evolutions tour, or perhaps some as yet unannounced 20th anniversary project. Regardless of the circumstances, it’s an unfortunate turn of events for one of the most genuine and heartfelt fan projects out there.
Braxton has expressed interest in continuing his project, but it’s quite understandable that such an event can shake ones confidence quite seriously. To follow his endeavors, head on over to his Twitter page, or listen to his music on Loudr or iTunes.