Bungie file a $7.6 million lawsuit against YouTube for allegedly violating DMCA statements

Bungie file a $7.6 million lawsuit against YouTube for allegedly violating DMCA statements ...

Bungie is suing a Destiny 2 YouTuber who allegedly struck back at DMCA takedowns leveled on his account by filing fraudulent DMCA claims on Bungies behalf. The lawsuit, filed in federal court on Wednesday, has resulted in at least $7.6 million in damages.

Nicholas Minor, who performed under the handle of Lord Nazo, claimed to have created two fake Gmail addresses impersonating members of CSC Global, a copyright management business representing Bungie. The lawsuit alleges that Lord Nazo used these addresses in February to respond to YouTube''s takedown requests, citing the 1998 Digital Millennium Copyright Act.

The victims included videos posted by YouTubers My Name is Byf (who has 974,000 subscribers); Aztecross (615,000 subscribers) and Bungies'' own YouTube account. The Destinycommunity had a similar attack, which said the content creators described as ''ridiculous.''

Companies such as YouTube are required to remove user-published content that violates the copyright held by another under the DMCA. Some have submitted DMCA declarations to YouTube and elsewhere to protect business competitors or social media adversaries.

The Bungies claim that Minor exploited YouTube''s DMCA-process security, which allows anyone at any time to claim to be representing a rights holder as part of the takedown, without any real safeguards against fraud.

Bungie said Minor mounted his retaliation campaign after he was sent notices from DMCA in December 2021 about uploading the original soundtrack for Destiny: The Taken King. Ninety-six times, Minor issued notices in order to incite innocent artists to delete their Destiny 2videos, or subject to copyright violations, causing Bungie''s community of players, streamers, and supporters to be slammed. This resulted in significant reputational and economic damage, for

Bungie told followers via Twitter that it was aware of the copyright takedown demands and that they are NOT being taken at Bungie or our partners. A Manifesto from Minor, also sent to the Destiny community in March, admitted to the false takedowns.

In a bad novel, the manifesto expresses hope as a hackneyed look. According to Bungies lawyers, what you made me do was sent from the serial killer.

The lawsuit has been filed in the Western District of Washington state, where Bungie''s headquarters is located. Bungie notes that it permits players to create videos using Destiny gameplay and upload them to YouTube and other social media platforms that enrich the content. However, the studio does not endorse its intellectual property rights, and that it may enforce them in situations where the spirit of its user-created content guidelines is violated. Minors worldwide 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 registered copyrights. Other sections of the suit seek unspecified actual and statutory damages, to demonstrate that serious consequences await anyone else who is foolish enough to [] target the Bungies community.