Bungie sues YouTuber for $7.6 million for sending almost 100 fake DMCA claims

Bungie sues YouTuber for $7.6 million for sending almost 100 fake DMCA claims

Bungie, the developer of the Destiny franchise, has presented a demand against YouTuber Lord Nazo, after he allegedly created fake accounts and issued 96 DMCA takedown notices to popular YouTube channels on behalf of Bungie.

Lord Nazo, whose real name is Nicholas Minor, apparently sought revenge on the development studio after CSC Global, which works in conjunction with Bungie as a protector of the brand, sent him a series of takedown notices for uploading the game. Destiny soundtracks from his channel. The videos were uploaded in December 2021 and were removed by YouTube a month later.

In their websiteBungie has described what it believes to be fair use of its intellectual properties, such as Destiny. It claims to “strongly support” fan-created content and will allow videos consisting primarily of Destiny gameplay as long as “at least 20% of the video content was created by the player”. However, he advises against reloading cutscenes or promotional materials without additional feedback or animations.

As reported by The publication of the gameMinor allegedly created two fake Gmail accounts under the pseudonyms of Jeremy Wiland and Damien Reynolds, posing as CSC employees. He then used the accounts to issue DMCA strikes against popular Destiny YouTubers like My Name Is Byf and Promethean, and also against Bungie’s own YouTube channel.

He also reportedly used the accounts to send threatening emails to CSC with statements such as: You’re ready now” and “Better start running. The clock is ticking.” Bungie was quick to respond and cast a tweet stating, “We are aware of a number of copyright takedowns on YouTube and are actively investigating. This includes content on our own Bungie channels. These actions are NOT taken at the request of Bungie or our partners. Please wait for future updates.”

Google, which owns YouTube, helped Bungie find the culprit by giving it the IP address of the person who was issuing the fraudulent claims. That was how the company was able to identify Minor as the suspect.

According to the lawsuit, Bungie is “entitled to damages and injunctive relief, including enhanced statutory damages of $150,000 for each of the works implicated in the Fraudulent Takedown Notice that intentionally infringed Bungie’s registered copyrights, totaling $ 7,650,000”.

bungie recently settled a lawsuit with Elite Boss Tech for the creation of various Destiny cheat domains. The developer was awarded $13.5 million for copyright infringement.

Written by Georgina Young on behalf of GLHF.

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