Bungie is suing a Destiny 2 YouTuber who allegedly struck back at DMCA takedowns on his account, claiming false DMCA claims against other streamers and the studio itself. Bungies'' lawsuit, filed in federal court on Wednesday, claims at least $7.6 million in damages.
Nicholas Minor, who broadcasted under the ownership of Lord Nazo, claimed to have created two bogus Gmail addresses impersonating the staff of CSC Global, a copyright management business representing Bungie. According to the lawsuit, Lord Nazo used those addresses in February to send YouTube takedown demands, 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 spherical reaction, according to the complaint. Content creators described the chilling effect the false takedowns had on their own work, stating, "I am scared to make new Destiny videos, let alone keep those I have already made up."
Companies such as YouTube are required to remove user-published content that violates another''s copyright. A such broad mandate has allowed abuse of the statutes provisions, with some DMCA declarations originating from YouTube and elsewhere to protect business competitors or social media opponents.
Minor exploited the hole in YouTube''s DMCA-process safeguard that permits anyone at all to claim to be representing a rights holder for the purpose of a takedown, without real safeguards.
Bungie said minor initiated his retaliatory campaign after he was told a copyright notice in December 2021 that he should have uploaded the original soundtrack for Destiny: The Taken King. Ninety-six times, Minor sent DMCA takedown notices in order to require YouTube to instruct innocent filmmakers to delete their Destiny 2videos, or face copyright threats, causing Bungie''s community of players, streamers, and supporters to be slashed. This result dred
Bungie informed followers via Twitter that they were aware of the copyright takedown requests and that they are NOT being taken upon the request of Bungie or our partners. A Manifesto from Minor, also sent to the Destiny community in March, has been issued, in which he admits to the act.
According to Bungies officials, the Manifesto reads like a hackneyed look. I received a letter from the serial killer from your attorney in a bad novel.
Bungie''s headquarters in Washington, D.C., has been filed in a lawsuit, alleging that it permits players to create videos using Destiny gameplay and upload them to YouTube and other services that monetize the content. However, the studio does not have the right to enforce them, particularly in cases where the spirit of its user-generated content guidelines is violated. Minors worldwide uploading of The Taken Kings OST violated these guidelines, according to the complaint.
In each of 51 instances in which Minor allegedly violated Bungies registered copyrights, the plaintiff seeks at least $7.6 million, or $150,000. Other parties of the lawsuit seek unspecified actual and statutory damages, to show that serious consequences await anyone else who is ill enough to  target the Bungies community.