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Bungie Sues YouTuber Destiny For Causing Mayhem With False Copyright Infringement Warnings

Bungie sued a Fate player who allegedly filed dozens of false copyright strikes on his behalf. The trial, covered by TheGamePostsays California YouTube creator Nick Minor has turned a single Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) takedown notice into 96 fraudulent claims against other YouTubers.

The complaint claims that Bungie’s “brand protection” contractor, CSC Global, sent Minor a legitimate copyright notice in December 2021, asking it to remove the soundtrack music from Fate expansion The king taken. Minor reportedly responded by creating a Gmail account that mimicked CSC’s, then filing similar requests with a host of other YouTube accounts, even going as far as an official Bungie account. He identified himself as a representative of CSC and asked accounts to remove videos or face copyright strikes on YouTube.

Meanwhile, under his YouTube alias Lord Nazo, Minor has apparently waged what Bungie calls a “misinformation” campaign against the studio. He claims he circulated reports of widespread copyright strikes, falsely blamed Bungie for overly aggressive enforcement, and distributed a “manifesto” that was “designed to confuse” the legitimacy of all Bungie’s DMCA requests. (In a separate op-ed, the manifesto is said to “read like a shabby letter ‘look what you made me do’ serial killer in a bad novel.”) He quotes Fate community members describing the takedowns as “heartbreaking” and “horrible”, saying the notices – which could have resulted in an account being deleted, if repeated – scared them into posting more videos.

“Ninety-six times, Minor sent DMCA takedown notices purportedly on behalf of Bungie, identifying itself as Bungie’s ‘brand protection’ provider to get YouTube to ask innocent creators to take down their Destiny 2 videos,” the complaint reads. “The Fate The community was baffled and upset, believing that Bungie had reneged on its promise to allow players to create their own streaming communities and YouTube channels on Destiny 2 content.” Destiny publicly denied being behind the incident in March and issued guidelines meant to clarify when it would request takedowns, saying it wanted to “clarify our boundaries as a business.”

The controversy was covered by in-game media, and Bungie said in March that it was investigating the matter. According to the complaint, he identified Minor by connecting the dots between the various email addresses he used during the sprawling campaign. He claims that Minor conducted the operation in retaliation for the original takedown request, and he seeks damages for defamation, filing false DMCA notices and, ironically, copyright infringement.

Beyond Minor’s individual actions, Bungie suggests he exploited weaknesses in YouTube’s reporting system. He says he was easily able to impersonate a CSC employee, for example, because YouTube requires all reporting to go through a Gmail account — not a corporate domain that a content creator might verify. Google’s system “allows anyone to pretend to represent a rights holder for the purpose of issuing a takedown, with no real safeguards against fraud,” Bungie complains.

More broadly, however, Minor’s campaign has worked because of copyright law’s status as a potent and controversial weapon that can hit YouTubers (and other internet content creators) with little doom. warning and painful consequences. Other “copystrike” senders have used the system to extort channels for ransom or censor news, and studios like Nintendo have imposed heavy copyright restrictions on their games in the past. Minor apparently went even further — weaponizing the DMCA backlash itself.

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