In December of final year, a YouTuber by the identify of Lord Nazo obtained copyright takedown notices from CSC Global — the model safety vendor contracted by recreation creator Bungie — for importing tracks from their recreation Destiny 2’s unique soundtrack. While some content material creators would possibly take away the offending materials or attraction the copyright discover, Nazo, whose actual identify is Nicholas Minor, allegedly made the ill-fated determination to impersonate CSC Global and situation dozens of fake DMCA notices to his fellow creators. As first spotted by The Game Post, Bungie is now suing him for a whopping $7.6 million.
“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 or face copyright strikes,” the lawsuit claims, “disrupting Bungie’s community of players, streamers, and fans. And all the while, ‘Lord Nazo’ was taking part in the community discussion of ‘Bungie’s’ takedowns.” Bungie is seeking “damages and injunctive relief” that embrace $150,000 for every fraudulent copyright declare: a complete penalty of $7,650,000, not together with legal professional’s charges.
The recreation developer can be accusing Minor of utilizing one in every of his fake electronic mail aliases to ship harassing emails to the precise CSC Global with the topic strains corresponding to “You’re in for it now” and “Better start running. The clock is ticking.” Minor additionally allegedly authored a “manifesto” that he despatched to different members of the Destiny 2 neighborhood — once more, underneath an electronic mail alias — by which he “took credit” for a few of his actions. The recipients promptly forwarded the e-mail to Bungie.
As detailed within the lawsuit, Minor seems to have performed the naked minimal to cover his tracks: the primary batch of fake DMCA notices used the identical residential IP handle he used to log-in to each his Destiny and Destiny 2 accounts, the latter of which shared the identical Lord Nazo username as his YouTube, Twitter and Reddit accounts. He solely switched to a VPN on March twenty seventh — following media protection of the fake DMCA notices. Meanwhile, Minor allegedly continued to log-in to his Destiny account underneath his unique IP handle till May.
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