Bungie sues Destiny player for 96 fraudulent DMCA takedowns

Bungie has sued a Destiny player who allegedly filed dozens of fake copyright strikes in its name. The complaint claims Bungie “brand protection” contractor CSC Global sent Minor a legitimate copyright notice in December 2021, asking him to remove music from the soundtrack of Destiny expansion The Taken King. “The Destiny community was bewildered and upset, believing that Bungie had reneged on a promise to allow players to build their own streaming communities and YouTube channels on Destiny 2 content.” Destiny publicly denied being behind the incident in March, and it published guidelines meant to clarify when it would request takedowns, saying it wanted to “make our boundaries as a business clearer.” The controversy garnered coverage in games media, and Bungie said in March that it was investigating the issue. It claims he spread reports about rampant copyright strikes, falsely blamed Bungie for overaggressive enforcement, and distributed a “manifesto” that was “designed to sow confusion” over the legitimacy of all Bungie DMCA requests. He identified himself as a CSC representative and demanded the accounts remove videos or face YouTube copyright strikes. The lawsuit, covered by TheGamePost, says California YouTube creator Nick Minor turned a single Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) takedown notice into 96 fraudulent claims against other YouTubers. Minor allegedly responded by creating a Gmail account that mimicked the CSC one and then filing similar requests with a bevy of other YouTube accounts — even hitting an official Bungie account. “Ninety-six times, Minor sent DMCA takedown notices purportedly on behalf of Bungie, identifying himself as Bungie’s ‘Brand Protection’ vendor in order to have YouTube instruct innocent creators to delete their Destiny 2 videos,” the complaint says. (The Verge). Continue reading.

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