Bungie has filed a $7.6 million lawsuit against YouTuber for fraudulent DMCA claims

Bungie has filed a $7.6 million lawsuit against YouTuber for fraudulent DMCA claims ...

Bungie is suing a Destiny 2 YouTuber for allegedly assaulting DMCA takedowns on his account, claiming false DMCA claims against other streamers and the studio itself. Bungie''s lawsuit, filed in federal court on Wednesday, has sought at least $7.6 million in damages.

Nicholas Minor, who broadcasted under the supervision of Lord Nazo, claimed to have created two fake Gmail addresses impersonating staff of CSC Global, a copyright management organization representing Bungie. The lawsuit claims Lord Nazo used these addresses in February to send YouTube 96 takedown requests, citing the 1998 Digital Millennium Copyright Act.

YouTubers My Name is Byf (who has 974,000 subscribers), Aztecross (615,000 subscribers) and Bungies own YouTube account. The Destinycommunity has had a slew of shockwaves, claiming that im afraid to produce new Destiny videos, let alone keep those Ive already made up.

Companies such as YouTube are required to remove user-published content that violates a copyright held by another under the DMCA. This broad requirement has enabled abuse of the statutes, with some filing notices to YouTube and elsewhere to counteract business competitors or social media adversaries.

Minor exploited the hole in YouTube''s DMCA-process security, which permits anyone at all to claim to be representing a rights holder in order to take action, without any real safeguards against fraud.

Bungie said Minor launched his retaliatory campaign following DMCA takedown requests in December 2021, which included uploading the original soundtrack for Destiny: The Taken King. Ninety-six times, Minor sent DMCA takedown notices to have YouTube instruct innocent artists to delete their Destiny 2videos or face copyright stricken, according to the complaint. This caused Bungie''s community of players, streamers, and supporters to be shattered for obvious reasons.

Bungie informed followers via Twitter that they were aware of the copyright takedown requests and that they are NOT being taken upon request of Bungie or our partners. The complaint referenced a manifesto from Minor, which was also sent to the Destiny community in March, in which he admits to the fraudulent takedowns.

In a bad novel, the manifesto reads like a gruesomely savage look. According to Bungies''s lawyers, the letter from the serial killer is dated.

Bungie''s headquarters in Washington, D.C., has been scinded in part because it permits players to create animated videos using Destiny gameplay and upload them to YouTube and other services that monetize the content. However, the studio does not have the intellectual property right to enforce them in instances where the spirit of its user-created content guidelines is violated. Minors direct uploading of The Taken Kings OST violated those guidelines, according to the complaint.

The lawsuit seeks at least $7.6 million for each of 51 instances in which Minor allegedly violated Bungies trademarks. Other parties of the suit seek unspecified actual and statutory damages, to demonstrate that serious consequences await anyone else who is not adamant enough to [] target the Bungies community.