Bungie is suing a Destiny 2 YouTuber for allegedly striking back at DMCA takedowns leveled on his account. On Bungies behalf, the lawsuit has been filed in federal court on Wednesday and has incurred at least $7.6 million in damages.
Nicholas Minor, the broadcaster of Lord Nazo, accused of having created two fake Gmail addresses impersonating staff of CSC Global, a copyright management organization representing Bungie. The lawsuit alleges Lord Nazo used these addresses in February to respond to YouTube''s 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 great deal of shockwaves, according to a complaint. Content designers described the chilling effect the false takedowns had on their own work, saying, I am not afraid to make new Destiny videos, nor do I have to keep those Ive already made up.
Companies as a result of the DMCA are obliged to remove user-published content that violates the copyright held by another. A such broad mandate has enabled abuse of the statutes, with some DMCA declarations to YouTube and elsewhere to thwart business competitors or social media adversaries.
The Bungies complaint claims that Minor exploited the hole in YouTube''s DMCA-process safeguard that allows anyone at all to claim to be representing a rightsholder as part of its removal, with no guarantees.
Bungie claimed that after receiving DMCA takedown notices in December 2021, Minor ordered YouTube to instruct innocent creators to delete their Destiny 2videos or face copyright strikes, causing Bungie''s community of players, streamers, and fans to be harmed. This also sparked significant reputation and economic harm.
Bungie issued a letter to Twitter users that he was aware of the copyright takedown demands and that they were not being taken on the request of Bungie or our partners. The complaint states that he received a manifesto from Minor, which he sent to the Destiny community in March, in which he admits to the actions.
The manifesto follows the instructions of an unintentional person who made me do a letter from the serial killer in a bad novel, according to Bungies'' lawyers.
The complaint alleges that Bungie has granted the users the right to create videos using Destiny gameplay and upload them to YouTube and other platforms that reward the content. In the event that the spirit of the OST''s user-generated content guidelines has been violated, the plaintiff alleges that minors wholesale uploading of The Taken Kings OST violated those guidelines.
For each of the 51 instances in which Minor allegedly violated Bungies, the lawsuit seeks at least $7.6 million, or $150,000. Other parties of the lawsuit seek unspecified actual and statutory damages, to demonstrate that serious consequences await anyone else who is foolish enough to  target the Bungies community for attack.