bungie-slaps-youtube-takedown-impersonator-with-$7.6m-lawsuit

Back in March, a wave of weird copyright strikes rocked the Destiny 2 group. Not solely did it have an effect on a few of the game’s greatest content material creators, but additionally movies on Bungie’s personal YouTube channel.

It turned out none of them had really come from the developer however a “bad actor” impersonating two staff from the CSC, Bungie’s IP safety company of selection. Now, that individual has allegedly been recognized and Bungie’s suing them for a whopping $7.6 million. Ouch.

Nicholas ‘Lord Nazo’ Minor is accused of fraudulently firing off 96 separate DMCA takedown notices all through mid-March (thanks, TheGamePost). According to the lawsuit, Minor was issued authentic copyright strikes in each December 2021 and March 2022 for importing the OST for Destiny’s The Taken King and The Witch Queen expansions. During that interval, Minor is alleged to have created two separate e mail addresses impersonating CSC staff. He then used these e mail addresses to challenge the false takedown notices.

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The lawsuit goes on to say that in the entire kerfuffle, Minor was “taking part in the community discussion of ‘Bungie’s’ takedowns, spreading disinformation” in addition to attempting to file a counterclaim with YouTube, saying the authentic takedowns on his channel have been included within the wave of fraudulent ones. 

Bungie claims that the scenario triggered “significant reputational and economic damage,” with the writer having to “devote significant internal resources to addressing it and helping its players restore their videos and channels.” It claims its “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 willfully infringed Bungie’s registered copyrights, totaling $7,650,000.”

We’ve not too long ago seen large gaming firms beginning to win these types of fits—like Nintendo’s case in opposition to hacker Gary Bowser, where the court docket made one thing of an instance of the man—so it’s going to be fascinating to see which route this one goes in.