Fraudulent takedown notices are nothing new on YouTube. Many content material creators have tales about how another person claimed their content material via the location’s copyright safety system for numerous causes. This, nonetheless, possibly the primary time a YouTuber has filed DCMA strikes towards his personal associates in response to a legitimate DCMA declare filed towards him by a recreation developer.
Final December, Bungie issued a takedown discover towards YouTuber Nick Minor – also referred to as Lord Nazo – after he uploaded music from the Future 2 growth The Taken King. Apparently, Minor left the video up anyway and waited for it to be forcibly eliminated in January.
Now, Bungie is claiming that that very same YouTuber has been impersonating the corporate in an effort to file takedown notices towards different YouTubers. The declare states that Minor created pretend Gmail accounts in an effort to fake to be a consultant CSC – a model safety agency. He then reportedly used these to file takedown notices towards members of the YouTube group, a number of of who believed Minor to be their buddy.
Bungie is now suing Minor for near $7.7 million, claiming that Minor issued the notices “in retaliation for Bungie implementing its copyrights towards materials Minor uploaded to his personal YouTube channel.” The declare states that Minor used the confusion by his personal false notices to file a counternotification with YouTube on the video that began all of it. He pushed the concept that Bungie’s takedown discover towards him was a part of the wave of his personal fraudulent claims. Bungie feels that the corporate is entitled to “damages and injunctive aid, together with enhanced statutory damages of $150,00 for every of the movies”.
As for these impacted by Minor’s actions, they have been apparently shocked to search out out that it wasn’t only a buddy, however somebody who had been in conversations with them in regards to the claims towards their content material – even telling them how straightforward it’s for somebody to pretend these claims. The truth that a few of them shared the conversations on Twitter may assist Bungie with their case.
Nazo lied to us, began a Discord group DM with me, Promethean, Breshi, and Lorcan0c, after which mentioned issues like this, all whereas performing like he was a sufferer. pic.twitter.com/FG1JnjIJhU
— Owen Spence (@AtlyxMusic) June 22, 2022