Bungie is suing the particular person behind a number of bogus Future 2 DMCA takedowns.
March 2022 noticed Bungie and numerous YouTubers hit with a DMCA takedown. On the time, it wasn’t clear who was issuing the takedowns, however Bungie ultimately discovered who the malefactor was, and has filed a lawsuit.
According to the filing, the offender’s identify is Nicholas Minor who goes by Lord Nazo on YouTube. Apparently, Minor was issued a takedown discover by Bungie on YouTube, went off the rails, and ultimately began concentrating on Bungie and distinguished Future YouTubers.
“After receiving the takedown discover, Minor left his infringing video up for
the utmost doable time – till late January 2022, when YouTube deleted it – and
as an alternative created a brand new Gmail tackle meant to imitate the syntax of the e-mail tackle CSC used for Bungie’s reliable takedowns,” reads the go well with.
“In February 2022, he bought and uploaded a number of tracks from one other OST – this time, for Bungie’s newest launch, The Witch Queen. When Bungie had CSC ship DMCA takedowns for this second infringement and different infringing movies on his channel, Minor acted. He registered a second faux “CSC” e-mail tackle and started to ship out a wave of fraudulent takedown notices.”
Ninety-six separate occasions, Minor used the faux mail addresses claiming to be representing a rights holder for functions of issuing a takedown below the guise of Bungie’s “Model Safety” vendor. This induced undue stress for harmless content material creators and “important reputational and financial harm” to Bungie.
“The Future group was bewildered and upset, believing that Bungie had reneged on a promise to permit gamers to construct their streaming communities and YouTube channels on Future 2 content material,” reads the submitting. “Future group members had been additionally misled to consider that Bungie’s model safety agent was additionally fraudulent, inflicting confusion amongst customers as to the authenticity of reliable DMCA notices.
“Bungie needed to dedicate important inside sources to addressing it and serving to its gamers restore their movies and channels – an effort difficult by the truth that whereas YouTube has a type that permits anybody to say to symbolize a copyright holder and problem copyright strikes, it has no devoted mechanism for copyright holders who’re being impersonated to let YouTube know in regards to the DMCA fraud. This meant that Bungie needed to work via a number of layers of YouTube contacts over a interval of a number of days earlier than it might adequately talk and start addressing the issue.”
It goes on to say within the submitting that Bungie is entitled to damages in an quantity to be confirmed at trial, and entitled to damages and injunctive aid. This consists of enhanced statutory damages of $150,000 for every of the works implicated within the Fraudulent Takedown Discover that willfully infringed on registered copyrights, totaling $7,650,000.