In December last year, a YouTuber named Lord Nazo received copyright takedown requests from CSC Global – the brand protection provider contracted by game maker Bungie – for uploading songs from their game. Destiny 2s Original soundtrack. While some content creators may remove the objectionable material or appeal the copyright notice, Nazo, whose real name is Nicholas Minor, has reportedly made the fateful decision to impersonate CSC Global and issue dozens of false DMCA notices. give to his co-creators. First spotted by The Game PostBungie is now suing him for a whopping $7.6 million.
Ninety-six times, Minor allegedly sent DMCA takedown notices on behalf of Bungie, identifying himself as Bungie’s ‘Brand Protection’ supplier to let YouTube instruct innocent creators to Lot 2 videos or face copyright warnings,” the lawsuit said, “that disrupts the community of Bungie players, streamers and fans. And all the while, ‘Lord Nazo’ took part in the community discussion about ‘Bungie’s’ takedowns.” Bungie seeks “damage and injunctive relief” that include $150,000 for each fraudulent copyright claim: a total fine of $7,650,000, excluding attorney’s fees fees.
The game developer also accuses Minor of using one of his fake email aliases to send harassing emails to the actual CSC Global with subject lines such as “You’re in the mood now” and “Better start running.” . The clock is ticking.” Minor is also said to have written a “manifesto” that he sent to other members of the Lot 2 community – again under an email alias – in which he “took credit” for some of his activities. The recipients promptly forwarded the email to Bungie.
As described in the lawsuit, Minor appears to have done the bare minimum to cover his tracks: The first batch of fake DMCA reports used the same residential IP address he used to log into both of his Destiny and Lot 2 accounts, the latter of which shared the same Lord Nazo username as his YouTube, Twitter, and Reddit accounts. He only switched to a VPN on March 27 – after media coverage of the false DMCA notices. Meanwhile, Minor reportedly continued to log into his Destiny account under its original IP address until May.
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