Destiny content creators on YouTube were hit with a slew of false copyright claims, forcing their videos to be taken down, to which developer Bungie has responded by filing a lawsuit against ten unnamed individuals who they believe are responsible. It was revealed that the fault lay with “fraudulent accounts created to impersonate our IP protection service”.
Destiny’s own content on YouTube was also impacted by these false copyright claims as well, giving further proof that it was not the fault of Bungie or its partners, that were responsible for the copyright claims that had hit multiple channels. It’s believed this act was in retaliation for a “recent set of authentic takedowns of OST uploads”.
According to TorrentFreak, Destiny developer Bungie has now filed a lawsuit against ten unnamed persons of interest, who are still unknown by Bungie, but they have stated that will “discover…soon, via subpoena or otherwise”. While the lawsuit will focus on the actions of these individuals and the damage that they have caused, it also targets Google for their “gaping security loophole” and YouTube’s “easily-gamed” DMCA-process security.
“As far as YouTube is concerned, any person, anywhere in the world, can issue takedown notices on behalf of any rights holder, anywhere. A disgruntled infringer or a competitive content producer, for example, can issue takedown notices purportedly on behalf of Disney, or Fox, or Universal – or even Google itself.
While YouTube has a form that allows anyone to claim to represent a copyright holder and issue copyright strikes, it has no dedicated mechanism for copyright holders who are being impersonated to let YouTube know about the DMCA fraud.”
Bungie further stated in the document that “while Bungie’s legal department, management, and executives were attempting to negotiate the Byzantine procedural labyrinth Google required before it would address the fraud its users were committing, let alone identify who its fraudsters were, Doe Defendants themselves were gloating, confessing, and threatening”.
Bungie is claiming $150 000 in damages from each Fraudulent Takedown Notice, citing claims of fraud, copyright infringement, breach of contract, defamation, and more. Bungie has stated the result of these actions has caused “suffering, and will continue to suffer substantial damage to its business in the form of lost profits and injury to its goodwill and reputation”.